Friday, October 14, 2011

Heart of forgiveness

The Our Father sums up God's word on forgiveness best, "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."

Forgiveness is a funny thing. Everyone wants God to forgive their sins but aren't full of forgiveness themselves. It's hard to forgive those who have wronged you but it's what God wants. You see, I am an expert on this because I have a particularly hard time handing out forgiveness. I never understand how people can just give forgiveness like it's a piece of Halloween candy. Yet, I encourage others {i.e. my mom and sister} to always be willing to forgive. Why can I not take my own advice?

I have been holding forgiveness hostage against my "stepsisters" for the past 6 years. It's a long story as to why but trust that it was a big deal and not something petty. {I had the whole story typed out, published it and then went back and edited because it was unneccessary and water under the bridge}

Yesterday I took the plunge. I was scared at first... I asked myself if I could really do this over and over again. I made the decision to go and visit  during my lunch hour. Forgiveness granted. It was so crazy... how a little bitty human being can change my entire perspective. I sat there and visited and held a precious child.

Meet my nephew {feels weird saying that} Landon Jayce!
My life lesson here was HOW EASILY it is to forgive. If you just open up your heart to it, God will do the rest!
“Then said Peter unto him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Matthew 5:7


Miss Southern Prep said...
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Portuguese Prepster said...

such a beautiful post! really reminds me of what's important in life!

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