Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (attitude: forgive because you love the Lord)

I believe that one of the key components in the healing process is forgiveness. Forgiveness is a powerful force and sometimes the person we need to forgive the most is ourselves. And usually that is the most difficult thing to do - forgive ourselves.  We've all said and done stupid things - and made stupid choices.  But the truth is we can't go back and we shouldn't look back.  I know this is one of those 'easier said then done' things, but it's truly a necessary act if we want to be well and healed. The Bible tells us that if we can't forgive others for their transgressions - mistakes - then our Heavenly Father can't forgive us. But you say, hey, there's no way I forgive him or her for the way they hurt me or the hurtful things they said to me.  Well, maybe it is impossible for YOU to forgive that person, so that's when you ask the Lord to help you to forgive. Maybe that person isn't even here on this earth anymore - well you can ask God to forgive that person - or ask that you be forgiven if that is the case.

Forgiveness is a process - a step-by step process.  But it can be done. Sometimes it can happen over night, but usually it's one of those light-bulb moments, when you wake up one day and realize that you're finally free of the hatred, the bitterness or the self-condemnation that you've been holding on to for yours. That freeing feeling will wash over you and giving you a sense of peace.   A huge weight has been lifted off of your heart.  God knows your heart.  People will always disappoint us - that's why we shouldn't put our faith in other people...even those we love the most will hurt us...especially those we love the most. In fact, they are usually the ones who cause us the most pain.  I think that is why the Lord is so very adamant and clear about this commandment. Yes, it's a commandment  - not a request or a simple wish for our lives.  He commands us to forgive, so that we can be forgiven. Forgiveness is a powerful force - and we simply can't afford to live without it!

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