revisiting forgiveness

Last weekend, I had an opportunity to share about a particularly awkward and emotionally charged situation in terms of what God has taught me about forgiveness, around the same time as someone close to me asked me how I was so easily able to forgive.

The honest answer?

I am not easily able to forgive. It has taken years of lassoing my emotions and bringing my hurting heart before God in exchange for Him to give me the willingness to forgive…instead of letting my wounds fester and my emotions stew. In fact, there are years which badly damaged me where unforgiveness kept me tethered to a painful moment in the past, and at times, the tension almost pulled me under.

Letting go and allowing Him to help me to forgive has been the best lesson on Kingdom living I have ever learned so far.

So this week, I am going to share a few of the best verses and truths I have found in the Word with you, in the hopes that you too will find the freedom and release you crave deep down within from the One who can not only set you free, but replace those painful moments with the ability to recall them without unforgiveness pushing your buttons.

One of my favorite verses about forgiveness is found in Ephesians.  The relationship and battle chapters which I am often drawn to for His guidance and reassurance.

Ephesians 4_32 kind forgive

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other. Ephesians 4:32

There are four aspects to this verse which caught my attention anew this morning…

  1. Be kind – the starting place.  A Godly characteristic we are to walk in.
  2. To one another – in our relationships, with those we know and like, and those we may have been hurt by. Basically – everyone we encounter – including ourselves!
  3. Tender-hearted – a soft heart ties the kindness and what comes next together.
  4. Forgiving each other – letting go of what can keep us apart spiritually by forgiving what has happened in the past, whether immediate or long ago.

My prayer for us all this week? As we spend time with God, that He would reveal any moment or area where we need to extend forgiveness, so we can make room for more of Him – His healing, grace, mercy, love, kindness, patience, faithfulness – within!

#hopefortheharddays

 

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