Good afternoon Overcomers!
Isn’t today a beautiful day? I want to encourage you to seek to live your best life.
Now, before you say I sound “Oprah-ish,” your best life may not always feel like your best life.
This is a good day to forgive, ask for forgiveness, and to extend grace to others. This process may not feel good or like your best life, but it’s leading you there.
Can you readily recall something someone did to you along with feeling the intense negative emotions attached to it? Are you still angry and bitter? I sincerely believe that, though you may remember, healing and forgiveness takes away the intense pain of bad memories.
Ok, I get it. They were wrong. They hurt you. They should be punished.
I’ve thought all of these things and more. When these thoughts come to me now, I try to remember to remind myself of the stupid things I’ve done…to people! I quickly ask for forgiveness and I expect to receive said forgiveness as quickly as I asked for it.
Why shouldn’t I be willing to extend forgiveness to others?
What about those who don’t or won’t ask for forgiveness? I want to ask you to free your heart and mind to forgive them anyway.
Thought for today:
Please don’t think I have it all together by writing this. Remember, we’re on this journey together. One step at a time. One day at a time.
What I’m going to share with you is a path that I learned to forgiveness. First, I decide to look at the person’s life from their perspective. Truthfully, they may be hurting that they hurt you, or they may not realize that they did. I tell myself a story of what they could have been going through in order to treat me in such a way. Secondly, I tell myself that I will choose to forgive. I remind myself that I have freely received forgiveness, I should freely give it. Finally, I ask God to create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51). I realize that my choice to forgive is all about my freedom.
If you’re like me, and you need practical help forgiving, you can read “The Freedom Factor,” by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson.