The True Power of Forgiveness
As I’m riding in the car, this was placed on my spirit. The reason forgiveness is meant to save us is because we have to condition ourselves to know this won’t be the last time we’d ever be required to forgive anyone.
The Bible tells us we must forgive man seventy seven times seven. For all of my math techs out there, that means we must forgive man 539 times. Sounds easy right? That means we only need to forgive someone 539 times that when they reach 540, we don’t have to forgive? Wrong! Sometimes we don’t reach 539. We barely make it to 6 and the reason for that is because forgiveness is a deep step towards our own freedom.
It’s almost like being hit with a ball and someone apologizes the first time. Of course you’re more accepting of their apology because it was technically their first offense. But then they hit you for the second, third, fourth, fifth time so now you are aware that this is intentional. You’re hurt because you keep accepting their apology, but you’re ignoring the action. Not because you’re blind, but because you’re hopeful they won’t do it again.
How many times have we intentionally hurt God and he forgave us knowing we’d have to repent for what could possibly be for the same issues? See my point?
Let’s not get so caught up in feeling we don’t need to forgive anyone. Let’s forgive them because honestly, we’re humans who make mistakes. Granted, some are bigger than others, but God is the only man who can judge us. Let us learn to forgive without limits. You don’t need an apology from them in order to forgive them. You don’t need them to own up to their role in the situation. You don’t need it. You need to move forward and let God restore all you‘ve lost and watch him replace it with peace and true happiness.
So, I’m going to challenge you and myself to a new mind shift. When you wake up in the morning, before you get out of bed just say, “God, I thank you for restoration and peace. I may not see it right now, I may not feel it right now, but I know you would never leave me not forsake me. So, God I thank you for all you’ve done for me and all you’re doing for me now.”
Then I want you to call out the name(s) of whomever you need to forgive and place your hand over your heart and say, “___________, I forgive you because God forgives me.”
Listen Journee Bees, this will be a challenge, but just remember how easy God forgives us. No, we’re not God, but we were made in His image meaning we have a heart, a spirit and we have compassion. Be easy on yourself and let go of all things that don’t serve you a purpose.
Remember, life is only a Journee, so make it full of adventure.