15 So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family calling him “Father, dear Father.” 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we will share his treasures for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
Since we are children of God, we are to share the suffering that Jesus Christ suffered. But if we share His suffering, we will also share His glory. When Christ hung on the cross people passing by hurled insults at Him and mocked Him, even the criminal hanging next to Him cursed Him. This added to the suffering Christ was already going through. But He did not lash out at them; He did not come back with a response to their insults. Instead He prayed for God the Father to forgive them. Today we suffer as Christ did when others hurt us, when others sin against us. There is not one Christian alive who has not had someone hurt them. It doesn’t matter if the hurt was malicious or not, the pain we feel is real. God uses these experiences to teach us to forgive. Just as He forgave us of our sins, we are to forgive others who sin against us. It doesn’t matter if they meant to hurt you or not, you are to forgive them, just as God has forgiven you. This is hard to do and it is suffering, just as Christ suffered. But you are to do no less than then He did. And if Christ can pray for forgiveness for those who purposely hurt Him, how can you do less. Pray for those who hurt you and forgive them and then move beyond the deed. Even though we will never forget, we can choose not to think or dwell on it. God will give you the strength to do it and He will allow you to share the glory of Christ.
Have a God Day!