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Forgiveness Октябрь 22, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Today's Devotional.
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Forgiveness is an issue in many of our lives. We struggle to find answers to the question of injustice and pain. Forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion or a feeling but getting there can be a journey. Often we try and mask our need for freedom with drugs, alcohol or other instant fixes never understanding our deep need for forgiveness.

Forgiveness as I said is a process, NOT an event or a feeling. Many people misunderstand this so when they can’t simply forgive they decide it is impossible.

So know that you may take some time to get to where you can forgive somebody and it may be a long time before you feel like you have forgiven them.

And that is OK. What is more important is to understand that to NOT forgive is to choose to put someone in prison. And that someone is you.

When we harbor unforgiveness we are locking ourselves into a past event or relationship.

The person we are unable to offer forgiveness to may even be dead!!

So the only injured party is ultimately you. Being unable to forgive someone sets up a progression of hurt, anger, bitterness and eventually leads to mental health issues and even suicide.

There is something warm and inviting about revenge and grudge holding but it turns into a fire that destroys us. You see we were designed to receive and give forgiveness. It is the only way to maintain intimate relationships and a clear conscience. Unless you choose to live in a controlled world like the Truman show you will get hurt, people will let you down and the only real solution is a lifestyle of forgiveness.

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