Forgiveness or Not?
Forgiveness is so difficult, isn't it? Why is that? Do we have to be right? Is that the problem?
Why don't we let things go? Why don't we turn the other cheek? I read a good quote that said, "Forgive or relive." Isn't this true? We either forgive something or we continue to relive it until we do. We don't go around it or erase it we just continue to go over it and over it, again and again, moment by moment, year by year...yes, years. Look at Absalom. He would not forgive his father for his sister's wrong. He viewed it like His father David—stood back and did nothing. Absalom killed his brother and still he did not forgive his father.
Look how many years went by and no forgiveness, just more rebellion and lies. This family was in a terrible state because of unforgiveness. Who do you need to forgive? Why do we let it go on? Is it really easier to carry the unforgiveness?
Do you feel better by continuing to carry this load? Sooner or later, your heart grows hard, your health fades and you are alone with your pain. Others move on and forgive and forget, but the hurt is still with you.
Today, turn the other cheek and move past the hurt. After all, it is probably only hurting you. God forgives us and He paid the ultimate price for us, all we have to do is turn the other cheek with the one that hurts us. Don't let it fester, it only gets bigger.
Debbie Sutton Covington writes and speaks on women in the church. She is also the founder of Journey of Sisters, a ministry that encourages women in their walk in faith through weekly devotionals, monthly newsletters, and fellowship opportunities. Debbie and her husband Kenny and their dogs live in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Debbie has written a book entitled If I..I will
*About If…I Will
If I…I will: simple words, but do we ever move past the “ifs” in our lives? Do we know in our hearts and minds that God indeed will help us to achieve our dreams and goals? If I…I Will is an insightful look at the healing of the suffering woman in Mark 5 whom Jesus healed. And just like that suffering woman, we must step past our suffering, the words we may hear, our own thoughts, and the crowds around us to reach for Jesus. What if we reach Jesus? Will He change our lives forever? Will He heal us? Yes, indeed! Maybe Jesus won’t follow the way we envision the healing or the change to happen, but faith in Jesus will forever change us. So, step out and reach for Jesus’ hand, and begin the adventure of a lifetime.
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