Need to forgive someone? Check out my secret that helps me forgive just about anything. I call it the spiritual Law of Substitution.
Think about what the person did to you. Did they betray you? Lie to/on you? Hurt you? Maybe they just didn’t love you the way you wanted them to.
Whatever the infraction, substitute yourself in that position and ask “have I ever done that to someone else?” Unless you are perfect, I’ll bet at some point (in your lifetime) you’ve been guilty of the something rather similar – at least on some level.
Surely, you’ve hurt someone in your lifetime. It may have been on the playground, but I’ll bet you’ve done it. Hmmmm…when you did it, didn’t you want forgiveness? Sure you did. Did you want God’s forgiveness?
You know, sometimes the one we hurt is God. Maybe He’s the one you rejected, mistreated or ignored. Maybe you didn’t keep a promise to Him. Perhaps, you ignored Him or His feelings. Either way, you’ve been guilty and you craved forgiveness, right? What a feeling to know He has it in abundance!
Shouldn’t you have it too-whether or not they ask for it?
Once I do this activity, it’s easy to forgive most anything with the Law of Substitution. It works, try it.