(Genesis 50:15-20, 1 Kings 8:50, Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3-2)
Devotional: by Billy J Strawter, Sr.
Points to Ponder
You must let go of the bitterness you have in your heart toward those who have hurt you (Genesis 50:15-17).
Do not hold grudges against those that are jealous of you but forgive them and you will have joy in your life (Genesis 50:18-20)
You must forgive people who sin against you just like you expect God to forgive you (1 King 8:50).
If you don’t forgive people who violated your trust, God will not forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25).
It is your responsibility as a Christian to forgive people regardless of the number of times they have hurt you (Luke 17:3-4).
Something to Consider
Is there someone in your life that has hurt you to the core of your heart? Your answer is probably yes! You are so angry with them because you don’t understand why someone who claims to love you would hurt you so badly. You might blame yourself or wonder what you did to deserve a broken challenging. However, we all fall short of the glory of God because of our sinful nature.
It is sin that caused an individual to hurt you. Just like it was sin that caused Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for you. He also died for the person that broke your heart and violated your trust. God holds each of us accountable for our own sins. He gives you a simple process for healing your broken heart. He wants you to rely on Christ as the source of your strength.
Your healing process will began when you forgive the person or persons that hurt your heart. It want be easy but when you let go and let God you will find wonderful peace in your life. When you forgive, you are no longer in bondage but free. Enjoy your freedom, starting today, as you forgive those who have hurt you. Remember! You can’t rely on others to heal your broken heart only God can.
Parents Feel Angry, Betrayed, Disappointed and Hurt When Teenagers Don’t Tell The Truth
Parenting teenagers can be very challenging sometimes as they seek their independence. Sometimes parents wonder did they received the right baby from the hospital because the child is disconnected from the family. It’s amazing as parents observe their children grow up they wonder what will they become as an adult. The greatest hope is for their teenagers to be protected from emotional scares and the desire for the youngsters to be very successful. Suddenly, a great storm arises in the relationship do to an unbelievable choice the child made. The parents didn’t hear about the problem from their teen but were informed by someone else. It’s an emotional roller coaster for parents when their adolescents fail to tell them the truth. Listed below is how parents feel when their teens avoid telling the truth when they are in trouble.
How do you feel when your children don’t tell you the truth?
It depends upon what’s it about and I try to talk to her
I want to know the reason for not telling me the truth
I feel angry, frustrated and disappointed
I start yelling and screaming
I don’t listen
Teenagers don’t trust me
Disappointed because they ate making bad choices
Frustrated because I think what did I do wrong
Sadden because they are not open to telling me the truth
I feel let down
I feelangry and disappointed
I haven’t done my job
I feel like I haven’t done my job
I ask myself where did I go wrong
I think back to trust, does my child not trust me
I feel my teen have betrayed me
They are wrong
They don’t trust me
I feel I failed them
I feel hurt and angry
I feel very sad that my teen don’ttrust me to tell me what happened
I feel betrayed and disappointed
I feel sad and hurt because you have taught them right from wrong
Disappointed that they can’t talk to us about anything
I am disappointed, lost trust, and angry at my teen
I am in disbelief
Advice for teenagers
Teenagers, I encourage you to understand how untruthfulness hurt your parents’ feelings which creates different emotions. You must do everything within your power to always tell your parents the truth. Don’t hide anything from them but be brave, caring and understanding. They might overreact but their love for you will last forever. You must be patient with your parents as they process why you didn’t tell the truth. Let unconditional love and respect for your parents be the guiding light for you all the days of your life. Listed be are several responses that are common to parents:
They are disappointed in their teenagers lack of truthfulness
They felt betrayed because their teens weren’t willing to tell the truth
They lost trust in their teens because they weren’t honest
They were very angry with their teenagers for not being open
They felt as though they had failed as parents
Teenager, please process your parents’ feelings and emotions. Ponder upon their feelings in your heart, soul and mind. Once again, always apply truth daily in your life. Always remember that parents feel angry, betrayed, disappointed and hurt when teenagers don’t tell the truth.