Monday, May 11, 2009, "Forgiveness"

Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop."
~ Mark 11:25 ~ Amplified Version

The thoughts of how her friend spoke to her rehearsed in her mind like a broken record. The more she 'nurtured' the pain, the more her face revealed pain and anger; unknowingly she fed bitterness.

Surrounded with beauty of her children and the love of her husband she would rather not give place to because her mind was so consumed with how she felt she was wronged. Legitimately, she had a 'right' to be angry, however, that right infringed on her joy from the Lord. It infringed on enjoying her beautiful blessings. Her life itself.

The thing that does amaze me is have you ever noticed when we don't hold a grudge against someone that perception changes? The way you receive things are different. However, when you do hold a grudge or unforgiveness against someone, maybe due to betrayal, your perception truly changes. You tend to look at everything through the 'eyes' of betrayal, grudges, and unforgiveness. Leariness comes instead of compassion.

I believe that one of the many reasons why Jesus said, "When you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, drop it, let it go..." because He knows that when we stand with unforgiveness, we are unable to communicate in prayer with His perception, but now it's through our wronged perception that we 'try' to pray.

Praying is truly 'echoing' back what the Word of God says over a person or situation. Praying should not be 'echoing' back what has already happened, that's called re-hashing things, meditating on what has already happened only makes it worse.

As I write this, I am truly convicted by the Holy Spirit as I am reminded what I am called to do whether I feel like it or not. I am not here for my own purpose, I am here for His. In that purpose there is constant growth, constant learning, constant reminding and constant changing before The God who never changes. Praise God He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He remains the same as everything else is contstantly changing. He is the only One we can trust to never change.

This has truly convicted me today of what He has required of me. To do justly, to love kindness and mercy, and walk humbly before my God as I forgive others not holding grudges.

Let's not confuse forgiving sin. We don't have that ability, however, we do have the ability to forgive the person. Sometimes it means praying for them and loving them that way. Forgiveness does not mean you have to 'hang' with that person; but forgiveness is a tool that God bestows upon us so freely, that we must bestow on others.

Forgiveness does not belong to me, it was provided for me to go through me onto someone else.


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