I know the situations and people in my life I had to forgive. Some of them have been deeply difficult.
There is no one-size-fits-all. Because once you point the way to someone, there is always a yes, but you don’t know what I’ve been through.
You’re right. I don’t. But God does.
I am so sure of God and his promises, there is nothing anyone can go through that cannot be forgiven.
Forgiveness isn’t a feeling. There is some real struggling in our emotions and that is okay.
Forgiveness is a choice. The feelings fall into place.
It’s like a wound that has to be cleaned before it will heal. We all know what that feels like. It’s uncomfortable but we grimace and trust the process.
Trust has to be part of forgiveness. Just like there is only one way to clean a wound so it will not get infected, there is only one way to trust when you forgive. Self-help books, positive thinking, and anything else that promises good energy are temporary.
When we put our complete trust in what God says we will stop replaying the injustice in our mind.
He wants us our minds to be at peace no matter what is happening around us. The only way is to know there are situations way beyond our control or understanding. We can either throw our hands up in defeat or we can lift them to God for help.
It doesn’t stop there. God created us to see beyond today. When you know all that God tells us about eternity, we are comforted knowing there is more. A day when he promises to wipe away every tear; no more sorrow or death.
There is so much I do not understand. I’ve asked all the whys.
But there is much I do understand. Life can be painful and God gives us a way to live with it.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.