Matthew 6:14-15(MSG) “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
When past injustices have caused you pain, you often seek to bury them in the deep recesses of your mind. It’s not the way to handle things, however, and almost always when you bury things, it allows your pain from the past to translate into mistakes and suffering in the future. Trust me I know all about this critical mistake!
You become powerless against the strength of your inner conflict and can lose control of the very feelings you’ve tried to hide. It’s a tendency we as people of God must confront before we live in hurt and turmoil for the rest of our lives. So many of us just can’t forgive ourselves and surround ourselves with people who help us continue this devastating practice.
What do you do to distract yourself from unresolved pain? There may be strong emotions that you don’t know how to process appropriately, so you simply try to stuff them down inside. Eventually these feelings are expressed in one way or another. Be honest about your past hurts, express your feelings, confront when necessary, and work through forgiveness it’s probably the most important thing to learn to do.
Quote- C.S. Lewis “I think if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”