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[quote]Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your own failings and shortcomings and let them drop.[/quote](Mark 11:25AMP)

When people hurt us, we have two natural tendencies: remember and retaliate.

But that’s not what 1 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to do: ” Love keeps no record of being wronged” (NLT).

So how should you respond to the people who have hurt you? How do you handle all those wounds and hurts that you have stockpiled in your memory?

You don’t repeat then; you delete them. Let it go. Forgive, and get on with your life.

When we get hurt, we tend to repeat that hurt in three ways: emotionally in our minds, rationally as a weapon, and practically by telling other people.

First, we repeat it by going over and over it in our mind. But resentment is self-destructive. It only perpetuates the pain. It never heals. It never solves anything. Whatever you think about most is what you move toward. If all you think about is how much you’ve been hurt in the past, you’ll only move toward the past. But if you focus on the future, you move toward the future, you move toward the future. If you focus on potential, you move toward the potential.

Second, we repeat our hurt in relationships. We use it as wedges and weapons. “Remember when you did that?” “But you did this!”

The  bible says in Proverbs 17:9, “Love forgets mistakes. Nagging about them parts the best of friends” (LB). It also parts marriages and every other relationship you have. Nagging doesn’t work.Third we repeat our hurt by telling it to other people. It’s called gossip! We tell everyone else except God and the person with whom we have the problem.

Did you know that God hates gossip? He hates it as much as He hates pride, because that’s what gossip is. Gossip is pure and simple ego – trying to make ourselves look and feel better.  Every time you share gossip, you are being prideful, and God hates pride and gossip.

Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love doesn’t repeat a wound so that it turns into resentment or gossip pr pride. Love reponds to hurt by letting it go.

[quote]Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your own failings and shortcomings and let them drop.[/quote](Mark 11:25AMP)

– Rick Warren.

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