Even though we forgive others and ourselves, it’s important to acknowledge that there is a healing process that still needs to take place. Forgiving releases the offender but doesn’t heal the pain. The pain is healed by receiving love where there was betrayal; acceptance where there was rejection; joy where there was sorrow; life where there was death; and, Jesus in the offense’s place.
The length of this process varies for each individual. Some things can speed it up or slow it down. Fellowshipping with the Lord and people of faith, praying, reading The Word and other spiritual exercises will speed up the process because they bring Jesus on the scene. When we are hurting, we may feel as though we cannot do all these things because of the tears running down our faces, but it’s then that we need to do it. This pressing through allows the healing to take place. The opposite slows down the process because it keeps us separated from the answer.
Opposition comes when we understand this principle and move to oppose what the enemy had planned. So, let’s worship! Let’s sing praises unto our God! Let’s spend time with Him, and in Him receive our healing, from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:14-16 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.