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Betrayal comes with side effects. The longer we take to deal with a betrayal, the more damage those side effects will have on our lives.

The pain when we are betrayed can plant a lot of bitterness and mistrust in our hearts, that eventually will grow and affect our attitude and our relationships. It will get heavy with time—very heavy.

Forgiving, especially when we’ve been humiliated and unjustly hurt, is very difficult to do. So often we come up with excuses to get out of it:

“They don’t deserve my forgiveness!” “They didn’t ask to be forgiven!” “I don’t want to let them off the hook!” “It’s not the right time!”

The truth is, none of us deserve forgiveness, an apology may never come, they may never understand fully the pain they have caused and the perfect time will never come. However, you do deserve to release yourself from the burden of unforgiveness and the trap of bitterness. We only hurt ourselves more when we don’t forgive.

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” Colossians 3:13

Forgiving even when it’s hardest will free you and allow you to move forward. Forgiving when it doesn’t make any sense will give God room to act on your behalf.

Most of all, forgive, because you have been forgiven. Walk in grace, love and the peace that comes from Christ.

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