10 Things to Do When Going Through a Storm: PART 3

9. Forgive anyone who has hurt or offended you (Matthew 18:21-35). Remember, people don't have enough to pay you back for hurting or offending you. When someone decides to wrong you in any way, take comfort in knowing that vengeance belongs to the Lord, He is the one who repays (Romans 12:1.9). God will deal with them according to His wisdom and justice. Know that He loves you and promises to defend you (Psalm 59:1). Trusting God this way ensures you get better and not bitter. Remember, we wrestle not with flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12).

Pray: Lord, help me to forgive from my heart (Matthew 18:35). Give me the strength to forgive those who have offended and hurt me, and help me release them from the debt owed, knowing that You will make it up to me, seeing to it that I am repaid for what was taken from me (Proverbs 6:31). Please, heal me and cause it all to work together for my good (Psalms 23, Romans 8:28). Lord, You love them and gave Your Son to die for us all, so have mercy on them and help them learn to make better choices, in Jesus" name, amen (Romans 5:10).

10. Only allow God to define you. God has good plans for you, not evil plans, giving you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). His gifts and calling are without repentance, no matter what you've been through or what others think of you (Romans 11:29). All you have to do is receive God's plans. Know who you are, and to Whom you belong (Galatians 3:26). That is how you resist being anyone's victim. People may try to tell you that you are disqualified because of your storm, but remember it was in the storm that Jesus caused Peter to walk on water with Him.

Pray: God, please bring forth Your will for my life regardless of my circumstances. Forgive me for any mistakes that I have made, and free me from the mistakes of others. Help me to be all You created me to be. Thank You for loving me just as I am! Loving Father, You define me, not my circumstances, and certainly not others. In Jesus' name, I pray, amen.

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