Webster’s Dictionary defines forgiveness as the ability to stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong or the ability to stop feeling anger about something.
Forgiving the errors of man tends to be difficult when someone has stripped us of your dignity and left us with an empty heart. Some offenses are life altering and leave us scarred internally. The external man looks as if we have it all together, but our actions show the pain that lives deep inside our hearts.
When we live in un-forgiveness we not only hold ourselves hostages to our past but the people around us are also held hostages to our emotions. We hold everyone accountable for the things that have been done to us.
Marriages Don’t Last!
You can’t trust anybody!
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Un-forgiveness causes us to be bitter, depressed and afraid to trust. Many are suffering in silence because they cannot find the strength to forgive.
Forgiving ourselves for our past failures, bad decisions and actions where we may have caused someone harm is an even greater feat. We become hostages to guilt, remorse and resentment.
Hebrews 8:12 says “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.” (NET)
When we are in covenant with God and he has pressed delete on our past errors, why do we hold on to them and make life choices based on our past.
Today, I challenge you to not only forgive others that have done something incredibly wrong towards you but I want to challenge you to forgive yourself. THERE IS POWER IN FORGIVENESS! We have to learn how to forgive so that we are not bound to our offenders, so that we loose the chains that are on our hearts and so that we can experience the abundance that life offers us. It is not a sign of weakness to forgive, it’s is a sign of how courageous and strong we are. I know it’s not easy but every day, until you experience freedom, look in the mirror and repeat these words…I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE YOU.
Peace…..Ms. Ellie’s Girl