Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you have a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13)
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)
Ever found yourself irate over something someone did or said, all to find that the culprit has moved on to torture and terrorize another unsuspecting victim, leaving you feeling acrimoniously spiteful? That’s exactly why you never digest another person’s poison (words or deeds).
What that means is when your enemy pierces your soul with lies and deceit, breaks up friendships and relationships, leaving shattered hearts in their wake, and bitterness in their hearts, exhale, release, forgive, and move forward. Remember troubled people cause “trouble” sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.
Peter asked Jesus “How often shall I forgive my brother who has sinned against me”? “Jesus responded, “I don’t say to you, seven times, rather seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
It’s unlikely that a person will have the occasion or the need to forgive someone seven times, seventy (490). However the moral of the story is to forgive your fellow man as many times as they offend you, and for infinity if needed. The forgiveness concept requires spiritual maturity and an openness to understanding the heart of God. There are minor infractions, then there are egregious ones. Either way, if you make the mistake of ingesting the venom of those who spew lies to purposely impale you, there is no doubt that you will be unconsciously affected by the poison that you have unceremoniously digested.
Leave these instigators to their own devices, to eat the fruit of their own way, and prayerfully they will retreat, sooner rather than later. There is no perfect man but God, therefore we must forgive our fellowman as we stand before God, who will also forgive us as we trespass against him and others.
Our natural body will also feel the release, and communing with God, helps to unleash the rage, umbrage, and disappointment, that will undoubtfully become less and less impactful over time.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)