Okay, so this month we are going over the virtue of forgiveness.
We need to forgive. We need to be forgiven. It is essential as breathing.
When we don’t forgive? We get bitter, mean and nasty. We seek revenge. We hate. It is just how our natural man works.
When we don’t ask for forgiveness? Pride builds in our hearts. We also can become mean and nasty because we know we have done wrong.
God looks at unforgiveness as chains. Chains that choke the life out of us and withdraw our focus from Him.
He asks us to pray for our enemies and pray for those who are persecuting us. That can be very hard to do.
When you pray for someone else, you step out of the situation and see it God’s way. You surrender your will for His will. You ask him to permeate you with His love instead of whatever you had before. It makes you forgive even when it’s the hardest thing to do. God shows us what is in our heart that needs to change. Sometimes God even reveals what is going on in the other person’s heart as well!
This week just start thinking about this definition that Courtney Defeo uses in her book “In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life
Forgiveness: erasing a wrong with love
For us to show our kids how to truly forgive someone and not hold a grudge, we have to be doing this.
Now, if you think you are perfect and never have a sour thought or word about anyone, then you better recheck yourself. I already know I have to ask for forgiveness from others as well as give forgiveness this month. I also know God is going to do a huge work in me as I hand over my pride because pride is what blocks us from grace.
Pray for humbleness. Pray for truth. Pray for peace and the ability to forgive.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Remember that Jesus said if we can’t forgive others their transgressions, He won’t forgive us ours. We HAVE TO LET GO!
So I will pray for you and you can pray for me.
Let’s go before God and forgive and ask Him what forgiveness looks like.
Let’s be willing to live it out.
Be inspired today!
“Learning repentance – recognizing and admitting our own wrong behavior – is an integral aspect of learning forgiveness.” – Courtney Defeo, In This House We Will Giggle
If you need prayer, leave me a message. I am willing to pray with you for healing, for forgiveness.