When many of us were new in recovery, one of the first things suggested to us was to pray for those who we had resentments towards. This was such a huge difference from the way the world said we should handle our feelings towards those who may have offended us. Praying for someone who has done us wrong can be difficult. Praying for God to bless someone who may have caused us harm is one of the most healing things we can do in recovery.
Several times in scripture, Christ told us to love the broken. When Christ said to love your neighbor as you love yourself, He was telling us to love the broken. This is because we are also the broken. Christ also told us to love our enemies. We are to love the very people who have wronged us.
It’s easy to love people we think are loving and kind. When we love people who don’t always demonstrate love and kindness, we are becoming more like Jesus. In the early stages of recovery, our sponsors told us to pray for those we felt a resentment against. We discovered what it meant to love the broken the way Christ loves each of us. Forgiving others does not relieve them of their actions, but it does free us to become more like Jesus.
Written by Jackell.