I made the mistake of praying before I went to bed last night. I told the Lord that I was under the impression he didn’t want me writing about anything right now because I wasn’t really getting anything from him – but, should he change his mind he should just let me know and I’d be glad to follow his direction.
So here we go – the message he gave me… the grandaddy of all prickly topics…
Let’s all slap our foreheads and groan in unison.
Forgiveness? Come on! Can’t we talk about patience or community service or something . . . seriously, did we have to go there?
Unfortunately yes. You see, I have this fear of blatantly ignoring the Lord and since you’re crazy enough to take the time to read my ramblings, you’re stuck having to read what I get stuck having to write.
So let’s just walk down this road of misery together- shall we?
Forgiveness . . . does anyone actually even like the word? Personally, just hearing it gives me the willies.
I wonder why that is? Could it be because the process can be downright painful? Could it be that our flesh would forever enjoy holding grudges, dreaming of revenge and plotting the destruction of any and all people who’ve ever wronged us? Well yes, there’s that.
From where do you think so many novels come? Someone’s sick and twisted revenge dreams played out on paper since they can’t actually do it in real life – not that I’m talking about myself or anything . . .
We love the idea of forgiveness when it comes to the Lord forgiving us for our sins, or when we’ve wronged someone and are wanting them to do the Christian thing and just … friggin’… forgive already!
I’m starting to believe that the topic of forgiveness gives us the willies cause we just flat out aren’t very good at it and we know it. Many times, just when we think we’ve mastered the concept, the Lord lovingly gives us yet another situation that demands it from us and we again realize how human and pathetic we truly are.
Personally, I’m figuring out that forgiveness and our difficult time in doing it, is one of the Lord’s ways of reminding us that we aren’t him. We tend to look at our lives when all is going well and prance down the street whistling Dixie saying- “Look at me, I’m great. I’ve got this life thing all figured out”. Then we walk into the completely unnoticed glass door of offense, get stuck with the throbbing pain of realizing the need to forgive and we’re right back to admitting – “I’m pitiful and I can’t do this alone.”
Don’cha just love it when God reminds us of our crapiness in his “I love you no matter what, but you need to work on this” sort of way?
So, forgiveness . . . for – giv – ness. Fo – rgi – ven – ess. Okay, no matter what em-phas-is you put on which ever syl-abble, the word still stinks.
No more avoidance- Forgiveness is demanded of us!
–Uh… so we can bless other people?
— Sort of but that’s not THE reason.
–Uh… so we’ll be forced to pray for our enemies?
— Not really, but if that actually happens, I think you get bonus points up in heaven.
–Uh… so that if we run into them in public, I’m not tempted to run over and rip their eyeballs out of their skull.
— Bingo! No, not really.
Here it is.
The reason God wants us to forgive… for you. For your blessing. For your healing and for your peace of mind.
So that you can throw off that weight and walk around carrying so much less of a burden.
So that you aren’t spending your time thinking about and pondering on things that wrap you up and keep you from doing what you’re meant to do.
So that you can get a very teensy-weensy glimpse of what it is that the Lord does for you practically every single second of every single day.
So that you can witness your own miracle – and in return, increase your faith.
Forgiveness, a miracle?
And I’ll explain more in Part Two next Monday so don’t miss it!
In the meantime, sit and give some thought to the idea of forgiveness and ask yourself how you feel about giving it… not receiving it. Is it easy for you? Do you give it willingly or is it like pulling teeth? Do you even know what forgiveness looks and feels like?
We’ll talk about those questions and more! In the meantime, have a great week!