Today at A Holy Experience, we continue to discuss forgiveness…..not an easy subject for me. I considered just skipping this post today, but changed my mind. There might be someone out there that needs to hear what I have to say.
As one who loves to write and who has made it a life long habit to put my thoughts into words, I would like to share this excerpt from one of my many journals.
These words echo back to me, from a journal that I kept for an entire year after my first husband died. A decade ago, but I remember writing this as if it were yesterday. The last page of the journal, and it frees me as much today as it did back then.
” November 21, 2001
…… I choose this day to forgive you for lying to me.
I forgive you for hurting me. You were wrong in doing that.
There was no excuse for your behavior, but it is in the past and I am going on.
I choose to learn from the past.
I choose to put my future totally in the Lord’s hands.
I choose not to be bitter and hardened by my experiences.
I will live my life and be content….
I forgive you even now.”
Forgiving is freeing.
It is liberating.
And it is necessary.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
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- How Much Have You Been Forgiven? (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
- Forgiveness and the Freedom to Let Go (vineandbranchworldministries.com)