Sometimes the hardest people to forgive are the ones closest to us. They are the ones who are supposed to be there for us. They are supposed to support us, understand us and embrace us. They are supposed to love us unconditionally. When loved ones let us down, either on purpose or unintentionally, it hurts the most. Those wounds cut the deepest.
Some families can really test one’s Christian faith. They can sometimes be the hardest place for the Christian to “walk the talk.” “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespassed against us.” (Matt 6:12) “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” (Eph 4:32)
We all have wounds. Sometimes, when we are hurt by others, it is because they are struggling with their own wounds. We are all imperfect. We all need healing and forgiveness. Even when he was on the cross, Jesus offered kindness, tenderheartedness, healing and forgiveness. He calls us to do the same, especially at home. And when we have hurt another, we must apologize and make amends (Matt 5:23-24).