As we are working on our Transformation for Jesus with His graces and the help of the Holy Spirit, we have to forgive others who have hurt us in the past. If you have ever listened to a really good priest or pastor on this subject, you will have an idea of how important this is to Jesus. In Matthew 6:14-15,”If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But, if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions”. Jesus tells us directly that unless we forgive others, our Heavenly Father will not forgive us. Also, it is directly in Our Lord’s Prayer that He taught us, that we should be praying daily to God Our Father in Heaven! Matthew 6:12 “and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”. So, what we are saying every time we say Our Lord’s prayer is don’t forgive us our trespasses Lord, unless we forgive those who trespass against us.
The reason why this is so important to God is because He gave His only begotten Son for each and everyone of us to be saved by His precious blood. He forgave Us and our Sins and the least we can do is forgive others like He forgave us. Some people may say, yes, but I was sexually assaulted, or I was raped, or it was my relative that did this to me and now I am scarred for life. This may be true, however, you have to go back to the fact that God Our Father in Heaven gave up the life of His Holy Son! The precious lamb, without blemish, was sacrificed for Me! Stop looking at the sin that was committed against you, and start looking at the sacrifice that was given for you! I know this is difficult, but that is why we always have to turn back to Jesus to help us with forgiveness. We have to rely on Jesus for all of our transformation into His image because it is impossible to do without His graces.
There is so much pain and hate caused by so many people on so many levels, that it is difficult to get through life without someone directly affecting you individually. In addition, if you have been called by God to serve, you may have been or will be attacked by the devil even more, because Satan does not want you to succeed for Jesus. Is everything a spiritual attack? No, but the closer we move towards the Tribulation, the darker the earth gets from sin, the more likely you will be attacked. Again, this is not to scare anyone, but you have to understand, that if the devil already has you in a lukewarm place and already estranged from your relationship with God, he has no reason to attack you either spiritually or physically. Satan and his demons are looking for souls to steal, especially those who are consecrated to God.
This is why we are here working together to serve Jesus! We have consecrated ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother. And if we take it one step further, like Father Michel said, we consecrate ourselves to God Our Father in Heaven through the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother. Every time we are attacked, we offer it up for the salvation of souls. This is our mission for Jesus! The salvation of souls.
So, as part of our Transformation for Jesus, in order to serve Him as a Disciple, we have to forgive those who have hurt us. If you have been scarred by someone or an incident that hurt you tremendously, ask Jesus right now to show you how to forgive that person. Then, sit down with Him in Prayer and tell Him, you would like to offer up that suffering and unite it to His cross for the salvation of souls. Especially offer up your suffering for all of the lukewarm souls in the world and unrepentant sinners. The graces that God gives you to change your heart will come, and it may come in an instant, or it may take some time, but we all have to continue to pray for God’s graces everyday to accomplish this will to forgive. Then, once you have the peace in your heart again that Jesus has given you, you can go to the person that hurt you and tell them you have forgiven them. This also may take time, if you can accomplish this for Jesus. If you can’t, because the person is deceased or this is just not possible, then pray to Our Lord on what He wants you to do.
Daily prayer with Our Lord and spending time with Him will heal your heart when you continue to ask Him to heal your pain. Through this healing process, ask Him for the graces to forgive the person who hurt you. Believe and have faith that Our Lord will accomplish this for you and it will happen. It also helps to contemplate the wounds Jesus received while suffering during the passion. Jesus always gives us graces when we begin to try and understand how much He suffered during the passion for our salvation. Suffering is never a simple act. It involves pain physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus knows our suffering and what acts have been committed against us. He also is the only one who can truly heal all of the pain that suffering has caused.