Wednesday, April 2, 2014

on my heart

This word alone makes me cringe. 
Forgiveness is not an easy thing to do.
 It has so much meaning behind it. 
Without forgiveness our hearts are overwhelmed with suffering, judgement, fury and darkness. 
I think it's human nature to hold grudges and withhold mercy from anyone who has hurt us. 
It takes time and a lot of prayer to really be free of the pain, hatred, anger and resentment. 
The bible speaks about forgiveness many times. 
Colossians 3:13 says, "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
When I read the first sentence of that verse I thought, "That's way easier said than done." 
And then I finished the verse... "Forgive as the Lord forgave you." 
Those last few words are powerful. 
No matter how awful and shameful my sins are, God always forgives me. 
If God did not keep His forgiveness from me, why should I keep my forgiveness from others? 
 God is asking us to forgive others just like He has forgiven us.
I believe by forgiving others through faith we are honoring God. 
We are showing Him our commitment and desire to do His will and live by His word. 
Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."
We must trust that God will deal with the injustice.
Give the unforgiveness to God and don't let it take root in your heart.
Ultimately, it is our choice alone.
I encourage you to pray and seek to forgive anyone who has caused you grief. 
The freedom that we receive after our hearts have healed and forgiven is truly glorious.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

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