Friday, July 19, 2013

Forgiveness




 Forgiveness.

It seems like such a simple word.

But in my life and heart some situations had just seemed hard to forgive.

I am so thankful for a God who forgives and restores.

God has a way of working all situations for His glory and for that I am ever grateful.

Many years ago I knelt next to my parents bed and asked Jesus into my heart.

But I never truly understood the power of forgiveness until I had been forgiven for much.

But I am also still learning more then ever, what it really means to follow Jesus.

Forgiveness is where my heart has been struggling for awhile.

Sometimes in life its easier to hold onto the pain, 
sorrow and betrayal of life
 and relationships....
than it is to forgive.

I am, after all, not a perfect person.

I struggle and more then ever need Jesus.

Without him I am nothing -

He is my redeemer and restorer and healer.

He is my strength and my best friend.

I have been struggling in the area of forgiveness with a situation for awhile.

I held unto unforgiveness and that is something I am not proud of.

But it is something He is working in my life and redeeming.

A few days ago I sat on bedroom floor reading my bible...

God whispered to me and I knew this time it wasn't something I could shut out.

I couldn't shut my bible and go on with my day.

It was something I had to do.

He whispered to me,

"Your unforgiveness is holding you back,
 it's like keeping yourself in a box
 when I have a whole world for you -
it's time to forgive."

I broke down and knew this time it was time to get out of my box
 that I had placed myself in.

Time to move forward and forgive.

Unforgiveness is like a heavy burden that constantly weights you down.

It is weary carrying the burden.

But through Christ we have been forgiven and now we have
the opportunity to also forgive.

When you forgive it's not that you are really forgiving that person,
 but you are also forgiving yourself for your past mistakes.

I was able to speak to this person, we shared
 our hearts and when I heard the words,

"I have forgiven you.."

my heart felt peace.

I had been forgiven.

Forgiveness is a gift.

An opportunity to move forward.

You never know what you're holding yourself back from.

Don't place yourself in the same box as I had done.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. 
Forgive and you will be forgiven."
-Luke 6:37

4 comments:

Lashae Bowen said...

Thanks for sharing your heart friend.

Forgiveness is such a beautiful gift and yet sometimes it's so hard to receive and even harder to give. So thankful our Jesus loves us enough to let us learn how to forgive. And is patient with us in the process.

Praying for you often.

Ladyblog said...

So very true! I think everyone struggles with forgiveness to some degree....I know I do! Sometimes the hurt, betrayal, and pain seem too big to forgive, but the verse says it all! Thanks for sharing your heart Emma.

Spencer Girls said...

...I felt the Holy Spirit when reading your post

Spencer Girls said...

I felt the Holy Spirit when reading your post...