Prison is meant to keep those who are dangerous and have hurt others from hurting again. Those who have stolen from stealing again, those who have killed from killing again. I know several who have been in prison, or who have a husband, wife, adult child, mother, or father in prison. I have visited several prisoners, written them letters, prayed for them. I have read of those who have committed crimes that I think should never get out of prison. I thank God my children have never done anything to land them in prison. I have never experienced that heartbreak and hope I never do.
Unforgiveness is one of those emotions. . I understand this prison, I have been in it before. I have been a slave to someone who has hurt me deeply. What they did would runs over and over in my mind. So much so I would get frustrated easily because I could not think clearly. It ate at my feeling till all that was left was hate and I wished I never had to see them again. So, I can tell you for sure without Christ love for me I would still be in that prison.
Someone said to me several weeks ago, forgiving someone would be easier if they could just forget what they did. I had to agree, which means, we have to replace what they did with what Christ did for us. God did not ask us to forget, He ask us to forgive. (copied from Bill (cycleguy post). ).
“Whenever there’s an injury to a relationship, a hurt, a broken heart, or even a broken thing, and you are willing to forgive, you are saying, “I got this. I’m going to pick up the bill for this.” This is, of course, precisely what God has done for us.”