“The command to forgive others as Christ forgave us is not a lesson in trying to muster up the strength to forgive like Jesus, but an assurance that – because Jesus forgave us – we can forgive like Him. And perhaps we will even want to.”
Forgiveness can be a hard one, can’t it?
Kelly talks about in chapter 6 a trying time in her own life, and she says something really powerful: “the real revelation of this trying season wasn’t the sin of the other person, but the sin in my own heart.”
Often we think forgiveness is about the person who hurt us, don’t we? I know I do… These chapters caused me to ponder my heart and reactions when I am hurt.
In studying the Beatitudes at my church in May, one week we discussed peace. The pastor said “it is much more comfortable to keep peace than make peace.”
Isn’t that true for forgiveness too? It is much easier to be complacent, place blame or wait for someone else to apologize than to initiate, isn’t it?
Kelly writes in chapter 7, “If we don’t begin with our own need for forgiveness, we will never have the capacity to forgive others.” In the video she adds:
We place the control back in the hands of God when we forgive, not in the hands of the offender and God gets to do what He is going to do.
The story of Joseph is a great example of forgiveness done well. If it has been awhile since you have read it, I encourage you to do so.
Seed: I CAN forgive like Jesus. What have I done to others that I need to pray about?
Water: What have I learned through giving and receiving forgiveness?
Grow: A desire to forgive more freely and completely.
What are your thoughts regarding forgiveness?
Ang, Jess and the Bloom (in)courage team
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