Forgiveness is one of those words that can get caught in our throats and stay there. It is an action that can be difficult to complete. Many people, including me, hold on to resentment like someone drowning grips a life jacket. I don’t know about you, but I have been that drowning person.
Why do we do this? Why is it, when we are hurt or offended, does resentment build that eventually turns to bitterness and finally resting in unforgiveness? The thorn of unforgiveness jabs in our flesh and begins to fester. Over time, this infection spreads to our heart and creates a certain level of misery within us.
In Three Weeks to Forgiveness available now from eLectio Publishing, I share with you not only why forgiveness was so difficult for me, but also how I was finally able to not only give it, but also receive and accept it.
Maybe you are holding on to hurt someone caused you in your past. Maybe you are struggling to accept God’s forgiveness of something you have done. I don’t know where you are right now, but I can assure of this one thing – God loves you in middle of your mess. He will guide your heart to open up and receive this thing called forgiveness, but in order to fully receive it, we must be open to it. This can be one of the hardest things for us to do. I know. I’ve been there and some days, I need to remind myself of the same thing.
Ephesians 4:31-32 explains the reason we are to forgive others.
“Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”