What are you hanging onto? Do you know it’s really destroying you? It’s like you are repeating whatever happened over and over again to yourself. Have you ever thought revenge would relieve your pain? If only that person was sorry or suffered for what they did…right? You know what, it’s a lie straight out of hell. That’s right! There suffering, punishment or anything that happens bad to them at your hand or just in life, can not undo what happen to you. It can’t give you the years back, or remove the memory of it, or take the sting of the pain away. It only keeps it alive longer than it should be.
You may not realize it, but everything you need to heal your heart, you already have. It’s up to you when you’ll accept it and push ahead, looking forward. Not letting your history control your destiny. Like in the Wizard of OZ at the end Dorothy is given a profound wisdom…You had it in you the whole time.
What is forgiveness? Contrary to even a lot of Christians it is “giving up the hope that the past could be any different” … Letting go, stop wishing and accept it, this is the beginning of wisdom. By accepting it, forgiving and yes forgetting, you free yourself to move into a bigger and brighter future of your own choosing.
Don’t we say a prayer to Jesus to forgive us and to cover us in His blood and by faith we accept His forgiveness and guess what, He forgets to! As far as the east is from the west. Yet we are so easily offended and find it difficult to forgive quickly and forget. We want “justice” and “revenge” when we suffer, we immediately want that other person to suffer more, to feel our pain. But God calls us to go against our nature and love even our enemies. To show them mercy and forgiveness…guess what…He loved us and died for us while we still hated Him and were enemies…
It’s deep I know, it’s difficult especially when it’s sexual abuse or abuse of a child or adult, or even someone kills, when someone takes away what we love and breaks our trust… The heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it… Yet we want forgiveness for our wickedness, don’t you? That secret sin or public one that burns in your heart.
Are you really better than someone else? The Bible tells us not to compare ourselves among ourselves, why? Because before a Holy God, one break of the law is the same as a thousand. It’s sin, it breaks fellowship. That “little” white lie, yes, it is the same as a child being sexually abused, in God’s eye. Sin is sin to a Holy God. When will you let go and let God have it and take care of it? Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord. When will you trust Him with it and stop living in the past?…move into the future!
When will you realize you want forgiveness and get it easily and quickly when you ask, yet don’t want to forgive the same way your forgiven? FORGIVE & FORGET! Let your heart be healed. No more poisonous bitterness. Greet this day with love in your heart.
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