This is what Jennifer Tadiin cried out to God.
Forgiving people who hurt her, especially her absent father, seemed like an impossible task for Jennifer.
Are you also struggling to forgive someone? Let her story encourage you.
Jennifer was only 6 years old when her parents separated. She was left with her mother when her father abandoned them and had a new family.
She felt the absence of her father and longed for his love.
But then, the longing was replaced with hatred. She hated her father and those who ruined her family, that she even planned to take revenge against them.
To fill the void in her heart, Jennifer entered romantic relationships and prioritized her peers. Yet no matter what she did, she still felt empty.
Like Jennifer, are you trying to fill a void in your heart?
Do you also look for love in all the wrong places?
Thankfully, everything started to change when a friend invited her to a Christian church. She found God-loving people who understand her and helped her deepen her relationship with God. Jennifer was filled with genuine happiness, peace, and love from God through His Word.
As Jennifer’s faith and relationship with God grew, she realized that she needs to forgive those who hurt her. But forgiving her father wasn’t easy.
“Forgiving him was a struggle. I kept on telling God that I surrender every unforgiveness, but why is it that I still feel hatred and anger?” Jennifer cried.
Do you also struggle with forgiveness that no matter how many times you try and surrender it to God, you still feel hatred?
Keep surrendering your burdens to God and He will surely help you in His time, like how He helped Jennifer.
One night as Jennifer was watching The 700 Club Asia, God revealed to her that forgiveness does not happen overnight. Forgiveness is a choice that we must make every day and it is a process where God is our source of help.
Jennifer decided again to surrender her wounds to God and by His grace, she was able to forgive.
“I realized that the forgiveness we receive from God is the same forgiveness that we can give to others. I thought I couldn’t forgive but now that I am a Christian, by His grace, I can forgive.”
God also made a way for Jennifer to find her father through social media. Every conversation went well, it was as if nothing had happened. It was because she has forgiven her father.
Now, the freedom from anger and unforgiveness became Jennifer’s inspiration to start her Facebook Page, You’re Special, where she shares the love that can be found in Jesus.
Are you struggling with unforgiveness, too?
Know that God understands you.
Let Him heal your wounds, and trust His timing and process. Let Jennifer’s realization be also your revelation that the forgiveness that you receive from Him is the same forgiveness that you can give. Remember how He has forgiven you.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 NIV)
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