Easter is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s atonement. And through His atonement, we can overcome the offenses others can cause – intentional or unintentional.
When we feel offended by someone it feels as though we were stabbed to the very heart! We find ourselves re-living it over and over in our minds. We can’t take our minds off that event.
It eats at us, we picture different responses to it – most of which are very unpleasant, especially towards the other person.
We feel as though we’d fallen into a constricting tunnel, a funnel really, a bottomless one at that. You may have felt this at one time or another in your life.
But, because of Jesus Christ, the example He set for us, and His atonement where He also suffered for all our pains, we can look to Him and remember that what others do to us does not define us and does not have to affect us in those ways!
Instead, we have a number of options available to us, i.e.:
- Most offenses were not even meant to offend. It is simply the way we interpreted them that caused us to become upset. We can choose to decide that nothing negative was meant and move on with our lives.
- Even if the offenses were meant to offend, we have choices for how to deal with them. We can let it go (thus taking their power to hurt us away from them); talk with the offender to see if we can work out something more constructive in our relationship; we can do something nice for them and totally disarm the offender (or do it without letting anyone know and start healing our own spirits immediately); go and do something we find joyful or engrossing to take our minds off it and thus not feel the pain.
- One of my own favorite things to do is to turn to prayer. Talking things over with our kind and loving Father in Heaven can help calm us, puts us in a different state of mind, and invites Him to bless us with His tender mercies and all-powerful love. (It might take a good long talk, or even several good long talks sometimes.)
This is only a few. But we are invited to move forward in our lives and not let little hiccups stop our progress.
Use this Easter season to remember Christ’s great love for you. And pass that love along to others.
Truly celebrate Easter this year! 🙂