My motto used to be, “Cross me and I’m done with you!” Yes as difficult and sorrowful as it is to admit today those harsh, judgmental words were my mantra “just a minute ago.” (My kids use that phrase all the time referring to the distant past, so crazy what technology has done to their attention spans, but that is another blog.) There was no hope of forgiveness coming from this girl. Back then, when my feelings were hurt or my heart was broken, I didn’t know I would be healed by forgiving those that I was casting off.
You see what I have learned and still learning, because I am no scholar of the bible here friend, or expert in relationships, just a girl who knows that she has a loving savior and wants to follow His will for her life, is that when I forgive others it is to rescue me from the bruised spirit within so I can find peace, joy and contentment again.
Oh, sorry, it’s not all about me. It’s about you too! Forgiving others as God has forgiven us is the point. Sure we believe, and when I say, “believe”, we conclude that those other imperfect beings who scarred us or our loved ones don’t deserve OUR forgiveness. We shout it to the mountain tops and tell everyone we run into on the streets, subway, grocery store, anyone who will listen, and of course, post it on every social media outlet what that person did to harm us.
Now I am going to shed some light on you that might be hard to hear ( I did give you a hint in the previous paragraph this was coming) , but dear friend in all of our cuteness, and beauty, and style, and all that we THINK we are some times, the truth in Matthew 7:3 reminds us, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Yes, we are sinners too. We have no rights or privileges as followers of Christ to place judgement, blame, persecute, or sentence those who wrong us. I understand, this is difficult to do, remember I was the one with the motto, “Cross me and I’m done with you!”
So not to be a Debbie Downer on Monday, the Good News when we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior, “WE have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7 (emphasis added by me) God sacrificed his only son on Calvary so our sins would be forgiven. That is huge! We did nothing to deserve His unconditional love for us. He just loves us.
I do not know what or who has caused your pain toady, I have been through a season or two of immense suffering, and the only way I have learned to break free is by granting the same grace and pardon God has freely given me.
By the way if you were wondering, I did ditch that old motto for a new one, it is Matthew 6:14 “That is how My Heavenly Father will treat each of you, unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” I don’t do this perfectly, who does, practice not perfection!
My prayer today is for you to hear Jesus calling to you to soften your heart to know He feels your pain and hears your cries. I pray, Heavenly Father bless us with courage and strength and a love that surpasses all understanding to forgive those who have trespassed against us. Father I pray that you will come and fill us with Joy and Gladness that through our forgiveness of others we will be healed.
Are you going through a season of pain? Do you need to forgive someone in order to break free from the chains that bind you? Or Maybe you have been freed by forgiving, how did you feel after you forgave the person who harmed you?