Did you see the movie Tuesdays with Morrie? I just saw it and this was a line from the movie that keeps going through my mind. What a sense of freedom that brings.. think about how it makes you feel. If we can live in that reality our hearts are set free to live more fully. It seems so simple. I know that it is not..but possible? Yes I believe it is.
Forgiveness takes work. It is not just saying the words or thinking the thought. True forgiveness requires us to revisit the past. Sometimes in relationship with the person who has hurt us..sometimes by ourselves. We have to face the pain..even feel it again briefly..grieve and cry..remember..fight with our emotions and finally we can let go. Of course none of this is possible without God. He enables us to truly forgive….to release our feelings of anger and bitterness. His desire is that we live lives that are free and clear.. no obstacles between us and others. This does not always mean we re-engage with the person we have forgiven. This may be impossible or dangerous.
Let’s decide to live this way. Allow God to bring up the people in your life that you still need to forgive. Make room for the process and watch what He will do. It is not easy and it may take time but the rewards are great. He wants to bring healing to our broken hearts so that we are free to move forward. Our hearts will be lighter and we will be able to enter into a new season and embrace new beginnings.
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”