Monday, February 22, 2010
What does it truly mean to forgive?
Forgiveness is one of easiest things to accept but one of the hardest things to extend.
Forgiveness means that you have accepted that the other person is flawed. They fall short, just like you, just like everyone else. It means that you have let go the mental inprisonment that they or their actions have had over you festering like a disease consuming your spirit. It means you have released the bitterness, resentment and anger and lifted it up to God, allowing Him to deal with you, the other person and the situation at hand. It means you finally have stopped trying to control things or people, and understand the only control that you have, is your own actions. It means instead of holding a grudge, you will release it to prayer. It means you will no longer discuss it, hold it over their head or use it against them out of anger, to win an argument or out of convenience.
Forgiveness, however; does not mean that you will enable destructive bahavior any longer. You will not allow the sorrow and affliction to continue on it's dreary path of desolution. You will not allow repetition of dismal, dark and disarray to continue in your life.
Forgiveness is emptying your basket of all of the rotten fruit that you have been carrying in order for God fill it with new fruit. Ripe, fresh and nutritious.
Have you emptied your basket? I mean, all of it? One bad apple destroys the bunch!
Let it go...
Empty your basket!
"He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends." Proverbs 17:19
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