I just felt compelled to take a moment and share what’s laying on my heart this evening.
It’s a matter of forgiveness. If I had to guess, I would feel safe in assuming that most of you who will take the time to read this post have been harmed by another. Allow me to go a little further… I great portion of you still carry a very heavy load caused by unresolved circumstances.
Families are separated and friendships are severed all because we tend to allow the pain of what someone either said or did to rule over us. We can’t understand how someone, who would purposefully harm us, could possibly merit a reprieve. In our mind, that person could never deserve any sort of blessing from us.
I’m not going to go on and on about this. The bottom line is, we’ve all been hurt. Some have experienced deeper scars than others but nonetheless, we’ve all been on the receiving end of pain. While we each naturally view these episodes as tragedy, I’d like to encourage you to take a step back and try to see things differently. Could it be that what you’ve experienced is God’s opportunity for you to become a little more like His son? Could what you’ve had to endure be the gateway of fulfilling the Father’s will for your life?
Quickly take a look at Joseph… Betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of inappropriate behavior, thrown into prison and forgotten about. Yet all the while, he never harbored a grudge. His willingness to forgive resulted in the survival of his family; Not only physically but emotionally.
What could your decision to forgive a transgressor create in your life? Could it change the landscape of the holidays this year? Could your willingness to pardon a wrong begin much needed healing in your family tree?
Who do you need to call? What kind of letter do you need to draft? When will you decide that the enemy is going to be the loser?
Let it go…