Have you ever felt taken advantage of or stabbed in the back by someone you cared about? Maybe you felt over looked by a boss in a promotion that was promised to you. Here's a even tougher question for you to process. Would you start that relationship or take that job if you knew what you know now? If you are really honest the answer is a no.
The author Matthew writes in his book so creatively named Matthew in chapter 26 verse 20 "Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” " This was said hours before Jesus was arrested then beaten and killed. In fact all of Jesus' closest friends denied that they knew him. They were no where to be found when he was on trial or hung on the cross. One might say that was the biggest back stab ever. The truly mind blowing thing about Jesus' was not his friends not being around when he needed them the most, it was that Jesus died on the cross for them still. I've never read where Jesus loves everyone but Peter, James, John or his other friends that left him.
Maybe we could learn to forgive like that. That is way easier to type truly hard to live out. I know we all have our reasons why we don't talk to that person or why we don't go down that hallway at the office. We can justify just about anything but that is not love. To forgive is love. To give second, third, forth, fifth chances. We were not created to hold onto bitterness. It's poison to our minds. We begin to hate. We become miserable to be around ourselves and others. We were created to let go of past hurts, past back stabs. Take a lesson from Jesus. Always no matter what happens to you or said about you, forgive and love instead of holding on to pain and hating people. It's truly freeing.