It recently became very obvious to me that there is a certain wound that is consistently hard to forgive. It keeps reappearing in my life, and challenging me to forgive it each time.
It’s like a reoccurring physical wound. You hurt yourself. It somewhat heals, then it gets pricked again in the same spot, and starts hurting all over again. It keeps getting hurt and pricked over the years. Each time, the wound becomes deeper and the scar becomes more visible from the constant hurt in the same spot.
What seems to happen in the process is that the wound becomes increasingly clear to see. You can pinpoint where it is, how it keeps getting hurt, and even who keeps hurting it. You can avoid those triggers and you can even isolate yourself from anything or anyone that may hurt it again, but it’s hard to forgive and forget the ones who contributed to that deep wound and visible scar. They leave a mark on you. They become part of your wound story.
Where are you struggling to forgive? Perhaps the answer to that can be found in that most visible scar -- the deepest wound you carry.
It may seem impossible, but Christ alone can help you bear that wound, heal it, and forgive the ones who contributed to it. Go to the One who bore your wounds. He'll give you the grace to do it.