Forgive and Love| By Zuzana Niedelova

When I was a child, I learned that broken things are sharp; and what is sharp can hurt me. But then when I was growing up, I learned that people are broken too. And if they are broken, they are sharp and can just as easily hurt me.

I have no doubt that you have been hurt in your life; maybe someone hurt you today or maybe years ago. No matter when it took place, how deep the wound is or how much you are trying to protect it, I want you to know that you were not created for the pain.

God did not make you to be treated without care, respect and love. He made you more precious than rubies, to be loved, cherished, respected and looked up to.

I long for you to know this truth deeply in your heart because these are not just plain words of comfort. They are your truest identity which has been placed in you before the creation of the world.

However, people can make you feel different sometimes and although it doesn’t always seem that way, he knows your pain. He knows exactly how you feel and he knows how to love you well.

God, who is your creator, will provide for all your needs and desires if you delight in him first.  People can’t offer what you have been created for in the measure that is sufficient, but your Father can restore every wound and every broken piece of your being because he knows how much you are worth.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Although, knowing this truth is important, it is not enough. There are still people to be dealt with – those who hurt you, the broken, the sharp. Some of them really did not mean to hurt you. They are doing their best in getting through life with all the baggage they have been handed. Forgive them and let them know to be more careful next time. Show them you care for them, that they are valued and worthy of love. Show them what you have been shown by your Father.

And then there are those who hurt you on purpose. Forgive them too. It was not right and there isn’t a good excuse for their acts, but there is a good explanation; they themselves have been hurt so deeply and their needs haven’t been met so many times that they became broken, sharp and are trying to mend their own brokenness in the wrong places. Don’t be too hard on them; you don’t know what they have been through. Whether you can see it or not, they need your love and forgiveness so much more than you think they deserve. They need it because they didn’t get enough of it; that’s what broke them and made them so sharp after all.

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Luke 5:31 (NIV)

I know it’s hard to forgive things that seem to be unpardonable, but you are not the judge, you are God’s vessel and reflection – he sustains you and only then you can go and bring life to others.

Therefore, be God’s hands and feet here on Earth. Find strength and comfort in Him and then go and comfort those in need, the broken and even those who hurt you. That’s what you have been created for; to reflect his identity and so when he shows you love, respect, care, when he comforts you and lifts you up, go and do so to others. Yes, even those who hurt you because trust me; they need your love and forgiveness more than you need your hurt and bitterness. And by doing so, you’ll fulfill the very purpose you’ve been created for – to reveal His character He put into you to the world. 

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them” Genesis 1:27 (NIV)