I'm sure I know what is going through your head right now – I can't believe he is really talking about the “F” word. Well, I'm not talking about the degrading, four-letter word that a lot of society uses. I'm talking about Forgiveness.
I must confess that I didn't come up with this title on my own – I was inspired by Ed Young‘s preaching series on this topic; however, it has been in the forefront of my thinking over the past couple of weeks, because of life events.
What does it take to forgive someone? Not the cheesy, “I'm sorry” when you stole my pencil or forgot to take me somewhere, but the “real” I'm sorry for messing up your life because of __________. Each of us carries our own sins, our own burdens, our own “skeletons”. Marriage depends on trust. Friendship depends on trust & honesty. Life depends on these things. When we break the heart of a friend or spouse or significant other or you name it, we leave a hole in that person's heart that takes time to heal. Sometimes those wounds never heal, but other times, God sees fit to show you how to heal.
Healing doesn't mean that you instantly wake up one morning and say “oh my I forgive so and so for what they've done to me”. It's a process, much like the grief process. Each step towards restoration is a healing step. See, God wants to restore our lives. He wants to restore our marriages. He wants to fix every broken thing about us. That's what makes God, God!
If we want to be like Christ, we need to learn to forgive like Christ. I cannot forgive someone's sins like Christ. I can't create in them a clean & white heart, but I can forgive someone, provided they come with a truly repentant heart, longing to restore friendship or marriage or whatever was damaged.
Think on this: who do I need to forgive today & who might I need to seek forgiveness from?
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