Today I was going to write about the hazards of hugging a goose,but as I sat down to pen that masterpiece, my Ultimate Editor had a different idea.
We’ll circle back to the goose thing next time.
A few years ago I was betrayed by someone close, and it wound up costing me
significantly both financially and physically. This morning I realized that I still hold
unforgiveness in my heart. Every time I would relive the situation, which was more often than I care to admit, I would start churning with anger inside.
How could they have done this to me!
All the platitudes of “Just let it go” weren’t working for me. The injustice was
severe, and the hurt was very real. I understood logically that not forgiving them has a cost, but since when has logic triumphed over emotion? To add insult to injury, I claim to be a believer in Jesus, and everyone knows that a believer’s life should be marked by mercy and forgiveness.
What the heck is wrong with me?
Here comes the good part.
In my prayer time this morning God showed me the key to forgiveness.
This will make more sense to believers,but If you’re not a follower of Jesus, this will still help, so hang in there.
1 John 2:2 says this, “He (Jesus) is the payment for our sins, and not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
God said that just as He forgave me, He has already forgiven that person, and I have no right to hold a debt over their head that has already been paid. The case against them has been dismissed (insert judge’s gavel sound here).
I felt something inside me break, and just like that, the anger and resentment was gone.
I don’t know if this person has accepted the immense gift being offered to them, but it’s
cool to know that God is smiling at them, patiently waiting for them to be ready.