It seems forgiveness is a gift I love to receive, yet I struggle to give.
I was raised by good parents who taught good things, but I never remember being taught how to forgive.
When that moment came in my adult life, that moment I recognized I was a sinner, forgiveness was the sweetest experience of all.
Recently, my mind has been replaying hurts –not a good thing. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we go back over and over to those painful places that hurt us? There’s nothing good that comes from that…nothing.
Forgiveness is not an elective in the curriculum of servanthood. It is a required course, and the exams are always tough to pass. – Charles Swindoll
How about you join me today in breaking free from bitterness and unforgiveness?
Let’s begin with baby steps.
- Dont use memories as weapons. Stop reruns of painful memories. Don’t play them over and over in your mind. Those thoughts are seeds that only grow bitterness and regret, resentment and selfishness.
- Do think about the person that hurt us in good ways. Example: God loves them. God wants a relationship with them.
- Don’t think too much of yourself. All this time you’re thinking about an offense and the offender–guess what? They probably aren’t thinking about the situation much at all. Don’t waste time. God only gives us so much.
- Turn thoughts into prayers. Take each negative thought captive and twist them into a prayer of healing.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Stop by tomorrow and I’ll show you a little exercise I’m doing to help me forgive. I think you’re really going to like it!