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Forgiveness is something we all have to deal with at one time or another. And the bible tells us clearly
- Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (NIV)
I don’t know about you, but 77 times is a lot, and if someone is in your life that you HAVENT forgiven and its at 76…. you still have one more time to forgive them. I know forgiveness is something that is very hard to do. At 17 I was a virgin and raped by someone I knew. I had a hard time dealing with it and buried it in the back of my mind. In my 20’s I lived my life-like it was “golden”. But in my early 30’s as I began to slow down….it was back. It came up like that constant swallow we get in our stomachs when we try to keep our food down from throwing up. It had stayed in my mind long enough and it wanted to be dealt with. Either I was going to deal with it, or leave it in my mind EVEN LONGER. I decided to LEAVE IT THERE. I didn’t want to deal with it, talk about it, or think about it. So, I went on with my life as normal and then years later early 40’s …..BOOM….it was on my mind again. As if it said…. “I’m back”…are you ready to deal with me yet?!!!!
Okay… I told God. I’m ready to deal with it. I told God that I had forgiven him and I wanted to move on. Well, God said LaCrease if you are over with it…… lets see. God told me that this person was going to come face to face with me, and that when I looked into his eyes, I would know if I have forgiven him or not. OMG! Are you serious God? I have to go through that to see? Then one day, this guy walked up to me and called my name out. I turned around and it was him. Things happened JUST LIKE GOD SAID THEY WOULD. It caught me totally off guard, there was no place to run or hide. It was time to deal with it. When I looked in his eyes … I didn’t feel any bad feelings, I didn’t cry, I didn’t get mad, or upset, I wasnt nervous. As a matter of fact I hugged him, and exchanged numbers. I know….. your thinking…..”how could she”? I was led by God. …..trust me. La’Crease could have never did that. God love me enough to tell me AHEAD of time how he was going to bring this man into my life again…. so I owed him enough to stand there and let him guide me. I trust him like that with my life. Me and this guy even chatted on the phone several times, and even though he didn’t apologize, I knew that he was sorry just by the humbleness of his voice. I DIDNT NEED AN APOLIGY. All he talked about was God, and how he had turned his life over to him. He was so humble, how can I still harbor those feelings inside me, when God showed me clearly that this man was a changed man? Thank you Lord, because I am now FREE!
There are so many of you reading this blog entry who has issues of dealing with Forgiveness. It can make or break you in one way or another. If you want God to forgive you, then you must forgive others.There is nothing in between that. You can’t even ask God to pardon that. Because it is written in the Scriptures. I personally like how God wired that up. This way you have to look at how you can learn to forgive, because you know that you have done somethings to offend God.
Sistergurls don’t hold on to anything that needs your forgiveness. I found out that when you hold on to those things, you are looking for comfort, you feel needy, want to argue or debate, it usually stems from issues that you are keeping buried deep down inside. Often these people like to feel sorry for themselves, and will cling on to those who allow them too. I also found out that people who wont forgive, they have pushed that person out of their lives anyway, but also feel the need to hold on to the hurt. Picture that… holding on to hurt. When we pray we have the power through God to let go of that hurt. If your holding on to hurt ON PURPOSE…….thats what YOU chose to do. You have the power to open your hands and let it go.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)
- Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (NIV)
Be Blessed Sistergurls!