Friday, July 30, 2004

Reminder to Self: Forgiveness

A lesson I'm still learning 4 years later. You see, there are a couple of people who have come into my life whom I just CAN NOT forgive. And I know I have to. And I try to tell myself that I have. And it's just so hard.

Then I read this today in my online scripture message:

Let's get real here. There is no way that people who have wronged you can ever repay you what they have taken from you. You just have to let it go. Forgiveness means to let it go! You have to decide to cancel that debt. They can't repay the years of hurt. Even if they wanted to, they couldn't.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24-26, "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses, but if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

I have to let it go. I have to let her go. Because she's not part of my life anymore. And I can't get back the time that she took from me. It's in the past. Let it go, Cat. Just let it go...


Blogger myllissa said...

I went to a women's conference once, and the speaker's lecture was on forgiveness. When we hold grudges against people and refuse to forgive them, we aren't punishing them, we're punishing ourselves. We're essentially locking our selves up in jail cell making it impossible for us to be free from whatever that person did to us. Most of the time when we refuse to fogive someone, they have moved on and don't care if we have forgiven them or not.

Also, by not forgiving someone, you aren't following God's example for us. As you know, Christ forgave us, extending grace to us, even though we don't deserve it. If Jesus, who is perfect can extend forgiveness to a sinner, I can follow in His footsteps and forgive my fellow sinner.

8/05/2004 4:37 AM  

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