Here is the third and final part of this series on forgiveness. A massive big thank you to my friend for sharing her most inner feelings with us. Xo
It is leaving the past where it remains.
The enemy likes to remind me of the past every chance he gets but real forgiveness needs to leave the offences firmly in the past.
This is also a one step at a time journey.
The enemy only has the past to bring me back down into the pit.
The claws that are hungrily trying to grab me as I struggle to keep away from the crumbling edge.
The roaring lion will not go quietly.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Real forgiveness comes from depths beyond those three uttered words. It comes from the deep down faith that is the foundation of our very souls.
It comes from obedience to our Father in Heaven. As His words commands.
And it is lived every second of every day.
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Through those months following the tidal wave of betrayal and deception that had smashed into our safe haven, I slowly learned the meaning of forgiveness. God’s meaning of forgiveness.
More often than not, this does not come without consequences …. God’s meaning of forgiveness often comes with sacrifice.
I had to sacrifice my own pride. My own agenda.
I had to come to the foot of that cross on my knees. Humble.
And I had to totally surrender to His plans.
And even more sacrifices – that were very dear to my heart.
Stay the course. Forgiveness is the journey. I told myself over and over.
There are those who disagreed with my journey. There were those that did not understand. There were those who were hurting. There were those who do not understand God’s meaning of forgiveness.
Forgiveness and a Christ centered life go hand in hand.
Through the months that my marriage has been renewed and abundantly blessed, I still need to live those daily moments of forgiveness.
It is so easy to forget in the daily babble that is a busy life with children, living, the world.
The enemy is often breathing down my neck when those niggly doubts set in. Those doubts that breed seeds of bitterness, fear and resentment.
Unforgiveness comes from the pit of hell.
At fragile times these all hover close to the surface and I am reminded yet again of Gods words… living and breathing into my very soul. What real forgiveness looks like each and every day.
It is a journey that has the most magnificent destination!
Forgiveness in the storms.
Yours in Christ’s love.