Well, when you walk with Jesus, it is a prerequisite to forgive, and I dare say - that is the secret.
I have, just as many Christians have - struggled with this command from my Lord and Savior.
But my guiding light has been kind and gentle leading me to the true understanding that without forgiveness there is only slavery. We become bound with the ropes of hatred!
Instead, Jesus tells us to forgive when we rather seek revenge, to love when it feels better to hold resentment, to include when we'd rather avoid.
People like Ron Angle and Bernard O'Hare are not capable of understanding how it is possible that I believe my previous statement, but yet hit back so hard when I go on the offensive.
In order to clearly illustrate how it is possible, at the risk of offending some, I have to go to scripture.
Ephesians 6:13-17...Jesus tells me:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
So you see...it's not hard to understand that when you chose to serve the Lord - He chooses to provide you the protection you need to prevail in His name.
While it has never been my desire to offend or hurt anyone, in the mist of battle I will do what is necessary to further the Kingdom of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And anyone (like Bernie, who chooses to hurl flaming arrows at me) can say whatever they want to about me. Their puny insults can not penetrate my protection, because it is in Jesus that I take refuge.
Me? I choose to hurl back the TRUTH...It always seems to hurt more than deception ever will - Because TRUTH is always TRUE.
And the TRUTH is actually the greatest weapon in any ones arsenal...For no lie or liar can prevail against it. So, I certainly will continue to use it to fend off all enemies (foreign or domestic) of our County gem - Gracedale.