Monday, November 18, 2013
Forgiveness is something I have never really struggled with until recently.
I never intended for unforgiveness to be something I struggled with but here I was finding myself in a place that I could not get past.
It was not because of some huge injustice that was done to me either. It was just a simple problem that I made to big of a deal about.
I just could not move past the problem.
Then this summer I was reading 2 Corinthians 2 and this verse just beat me over the head!
2:10 It says, now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ.
God forgives us and when we forgive he also forgives them!!!
Why was I holding this unforgiveness?
It hurt so much and yet my pride wanted to hang on to the unforgiveness because it was easier than letting it go.
I noticed it was not easy to give forgiveness because I had involved other people, in my unforgiveness.
I believe the simple truth is, the biggest reason that people can't and won't forgive is because they let things go on in their mind far too long. They relive the offense over and over and then in telling others about the offense, it solidifies their reasoning for not forgiving.
Forgiveness is not optional. God doesn't let you live with unforgiveness because he knows you are justified in your unforgiveness. THAT IS A LIE!
Gathering other in on your offense is not forgiving. Gathering others to help seek restitution is what we are supposed to do if we are to gather people at all.
The more people are involved in your unforgiveness the less likely you will be able to forgive.
So I had to ask the people that I involved in my unforgiveness to forgive me for involving them. It was not their burden to carry to begin with. It was sin for me to involve them.
Having asked for their forgiveness, made it easier for me to let it go!
What an amazing feeling to really let something go.
He removed it far from me and I don't want it back.
I finally found forgiveness. I received it and gave it. I am healed!
We truly serve and amazing God.