I don’t know why I thought I could do it by myself.
I wasn’t made to.
It’s not in my nature. Our nature. To forgive.
It’s in His nature to forgive. And only He can help us do it.
I guess it’s because I’m flawed. We’re flawed.
I don’t see my sin. Sure, I know I’m sinful. But for some reason, it’s a lot easier for me to see the sins of others. And for some reason I always think that their sin is much worse than mine. That the way they hurt me is worse than the way I have hurt others.
But it’s not true. But in my small, narrow, human mind it makes sense. And so I put up walls and I say hurtful things and what I never count on is how it makes me feel. I think that I am guarding myself, setting up a boundary that’s safe. Instead, I just end up losing sleep. I end up feeling badly. Feeling like things are not right. Relationship is not right.
This happened to me recently. This cycle of sin and bad behavior caused by hurt. This cycle of allowing someone else’s words to shape my behavior. My reaction. But I tried something different this time. I prayed and I asked Jesus to help me forgive. Before, I’ve kept these things from Him, not given Him access to this part of my life.
Not this time. Not now. I want all of Him in all of my life.
And so I prayed. And He answered. I figured it would take longer for my heart attitude to change but it didn’t. I don’t know if the process is complete but I know I’m on my way. I feel better about the hurt and the hurter than I’ve felt in months.
And it’s all because I realized I couldn’t do it on my own. I wasn’t made to. We weren’t made to.
By Kerry Todd, My Life His MissionLeave a Comment
Forgiveness is a powerful thing. But, I know I can’t do it without Him.
This is really a fabulous and insightful post. After dealing with some big friendship hurts, this came at the perfect time!
Carol Vinson says
Oh my. I build walls and hold onto forgiveness like its a prize only for me. My hurts are bigger and more important.
Thank you for these words and the reminder that I need Him to help me to truly forgive.
Beth Williams says
I couldn’t live with out His forgiveness daily! Know that He forgives me for my many many mistakes helps me to forgive others. I want to live in peace and harmony and the only way is through forgiveness.
One of my older sisters and I have finally found a way–thanks to Almighty God to forgive and forget the past and move forward in a pact of love and friendship!
Praise God for forgiveness!!
Christy @ A Heartening Life says
Forgiveness can be so challenging! I’ve had some things happen in my life that made me really think hard about what forgiveness really looks like. Had to battle the common expression “forgive and forget.” Only to realize that it’s absolutely a heart thing, an attitude, like you said. It’s not that you forget. But you move on without bitterness or need for revenge. You come to terms with the hurt others cause because you understand you cause hurt, too. I am no better, no worse. And we all require forgiveness, daily.
Christy @ A Heartening Life