Have you ever found forgiveness impossible to offer?
I thought I did a few years back. And boy, what a wrestling match!
When unforgiveness cloaks us, it’ll turn a bright, sunny face into a gray hue of anger and sorrow. Bitterness and resentment wash us with their ugly darkness. The bad scene grows darker by the day as long as we’re held hostage by our own refusal of offering.
No one jumps for joy amid a struggle with forgiveness – especially the one choosing to withhold it. It’s bad news.
Does a situation come to your mind when forgiveness seemed (or seems) impossible to offer?
There’s one thing I learned amid my struggle and eventual victory.
Forgiveness is Possible
Regardless how difficult our situation, forgiveness proves possible – always – with Jesus Christ.
What I thought impossible due to the deceitful threats of darkness, became a glorious, powerful victory with God. (Keep reading – there’s more about it at the end.)
Life changed – and all for the better.
I found a time of worship with God that remains near and dear.
I found a Father more than willing to set the strength of His hands in mine – once I offered open, empty palms.
And I found freedom with forgiveness.
When we’re struggling in the heat of the battle, refusing to offer forgiveness, RUN to the Father.
- Sit in worship and in prayer.
- Determine to forgive.
- And let “thy will” be done.
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Luke 22:42 KJV
“My will” ushers us to gloomy pastures, causes us to burn with anger, hurt, and resentment. “My will” by refusing to offer forgiveness – and gosh, it’s a crazy, hard battle – lands us in the land of darkness and deceit. As I tell my kids, it’s no bueno.
So do the hard thing. Determine to forgive. Be free.
Take on the yoke of Jesus Christ. You’ll be glad you did.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matt. 11:30 WEB
When I battled to forgive, I prayed and worshiped for nearly four hours. The resentment morphed me into a hardened woman. Something had to be done – my hubby assured.
I determined to worship until “something” changed.
Running to the Lord proved the best decision possible. Something did change – me.
Offering ourselves – our hearts and our hands – to the One Above, makes forgiveness possible, even when deception assures otherwise.
The battle is fierce, but why not try? Take your troubles and run to our faithful Father. Victory resides in Him.
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