In my quiet time, I've been able to just bask in Gods presence. Spend that one on one with HIM, tuning everything and everyone OUT.
This past week, has been filled with pain, tears, new revelations, mercy, grace, rebirth and true forgiveness.
I watched how God reminded me that HE would turn back the hands of time, so that I wouldn't miss out on one single thing. HE breathed a new life into my relationship with my brother, my sister, my marriage, my family as a whole. HE opened up my eyes to truly see the vision/purpose HE has always intended for me to see, when I fully surrendered to HIM and the WILL HE has for my family and I.
Of late, I've been surrounded by folks who still carry/harbor feelings from their ex/soon to be ex spouse(failing to move on, even though they have) parents(some deceased) Children, friends/ex friends, etc. and each time we talk, it all ends with "have you forgiven yourself, him/her"? The responses are always" I feel like I have" but in all honesty, they haven't.
The word forgiveness is often misconstrued with forgetting. We forgive for our freedom, we forget for our sanity. Remembering what someone has done to us, will keep you prisoner to their transgressions, IF you're remembering simply to keep feeling guilt or holding the other party hostage to their guilt. We begin to move in fear and not in freedom. We hold onto reputations which will always beseech us in the long run. Our goal in life is to forgive and forget-our slate to be wiped clean. It's funny how we ask this of God for ourselves yet not toward one another. We tend to rather hold on to a portion of hurt rather than letting go of it all to make room for better. We become scared to trust and love again out of failing to forget things that were once before....True forgiveness isn't about "remembering what the person was once capable of" it's about understanding that The Bible says that when God forgives us, He “remembers our sins no more" (Jeremiah 31:34). When our former sins come to mind, we can choose to dwell upon them (with the resulting guilty feelings), or we can choose to fill our minds with thoughts of the awesome God who forgave us and thank and praise Him for it (Philippians 4:8). Remembering our sins is only beneficial when it reminds us of the extent of God’s forgiveness and makes it easier for us to forgive others (Matthew 18:21-35).
We want so badly to be in that front row seat to see the "fall" of those who have wronged us, when it's not our place too. What joy can really come from that??
Today, I ask you to really search your heart and forgive those who have trespassed against you and forgive yourself for allowing it to dwell within for so long. Life is SO short, let's not spend time and energy on being hurt, offended and unforgiven. Forgive on that you too can be forgiven. The worst kind of captivity is being held prisoner for someone else's offense.
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