Archives For Forgiveness

In light of the recent news that is surfacing…..everywhere. I think it’s ever so important to remember Galatians 6:1-3.

 1-3 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. (Galatians 6:1-3, The Message)

Forgiveness, better yet, living a life that is constantly forgiving is a must. Let’s face it! We’ve done wrong by other people, and most of us have been wronged by people we lease expected. MOVE ON!

The pain may run deep, but you nor I will ever get where we are supposed to be in life if we hold on to bitterness and grudges.

Here three essentials for walking in forgiveness:

1. Prayer. Ask for God’s assistance to deal with the issue.

2. Talk about it. Find a trusted friend to talk it over with. Often, people can help you to see the issue from a different perspective.

3. Confront it. If possible, consider confronting the person that committed the offense. This can be the most helpful. Releasing your thoughts in a respectful manner is healthy. It will enable you to be strengthened emotionally and empowered to live a life free from the past.

Forgiving in life is like driving with a clear windshield in front of you.

The forgiving: So many new paths to take, so many new opportunities, and many more new possibilities.

Recently, I had to come to grips with an episode of my life in ministry that required months, let me not lie, YEARS to get over. STUFF happens, even in the church. What happened, I wish on no one. What came out of it, I hope the same for everyone- A MUCH BETTER PERSON.

Thank God for a supportive wife, my dad, and few close friends! I couldn’t have faced the situation without them. I had to meet with someone face to face to describe how I felt after certain decisions were made. I didn’t understand at the time that it was for my good. Too often, we try to figure out why God allows painful stuff to take place. While, I don’t understand everything…… God is faithful to our destiny in life, even when we least expect it.

Since, my meeting I feel better, relieved, and like a load has been lifted from me.

The forgetting: in the past, old stuff, lost memories (or at least you try not to think about it), end of chapters.

Forget as we may try. It’s not always possible. The main thing, is to treat those places as references in your rearview mirror. Stuff we’ve overcome to remind us of how strong we are and what lies ahead.

I don’t know about you, but I’m smiling more confidently about ministry now. God knows it hurt. I cried. Tried to rationalize how could it happen in the church.

Hurt I was, Healed I am. Why? Because I chose to forgive. You can do the same.

Keep driving people!