There was a story of a group of teens going out to a picnic in Arizona. Arizona is known for its rattle snakes, and while they were eating, a girl was bitten by one. The venom immediately entered the skin, and instead of trying to find medical attention, they chased after the snake and killed it. The girl who had been bit had to get her leg amputated. Because of revenge, and lack of sense, this poor girl paid the consequences. Put yourself in her situation. It probably wasn’t easy to forgive those who had chased after the snake, and hadn’t looked for her medical attention.
God requires we forgive others. If we don’t, we will inherit the greater sin. Pride is the obstacle. Taking offense, in my opinion is a choice. It’s natural to forgive. Jesus Christ suffered for all our sins and grief’s. When He was crucified He said, “Father, forgive them: for they not what they do”. After suffering more than humanly possible, he still forgives. It is only fit we forgive our neighbor. My question is how can we, in our right minds, know the sacrifice that was made for us, and not forgive others of less complex sins? Pride is a major speed bump. It stands in the way of our salvation. We are not more important than the offender. And they are probably having just as hard of a time trying to repent as you are trying to forgive.
How can we overcome horrible offences? The answer is through God, and humility. Prayer is direct communication between man and God. If we pray and ask for help from Him, he can help us. If God could part the Red Sea for Moses, than surly, he can help us become humble enough to forgive others of their offences. I have a firm belief that forgiving others and not retaining it in our minds is better than sulking and repeatedly thinking about the offence. I feel comforted when my mind isn’t on bad deeds someone was done towards me. I also feel God’s love as he helps me recover from my sadness.
The bottom line is that it’s possible to forgive others no matter what the offense. It’s possible to forgive and forget. We may never know if that young woman ever forgave her peers, but what I can say is if she did, she would be able to relax, forget, and forgive easier in the future. Through humility and through God forgiveness can be achieved because through God all things are possible.