How many times have you been put in a position to embrace someone who has done you wrong and you declined? When I say embrace, I don’t only mean it in the physical sense; I mean it, mentally and emotionally as well. Praying for them; Not turning a blind eye or cold shoulder, but being willing to truly FORGIVE & let go. It is very true that often times, God orchestrates certain relationships to be severed for your spiritual growth. But just as often, there are times when it is our own stubborn ways not allowing us to move on and forward in fellowship with someone. Pure rebellion!
Ok folks, I’ve been pondering on this topic all week because I was put in a position where the shoe was on MY FOOT! See, generally when we speak of forgiveness, it is always from the perspective of forgiving someone who wronged us. Well, this topic caused me to self-examine this week because I was the one who had offended someone. Oh how proud we become as Christians…
borderline arrogant even, to think that we go thru life so PERFECT after being born again; with our clean lips and our new spiritual consciousness. We forget that we have the ability to hurt and have moments when we are insensitive. Since you’ve been saved, have you ever been angry, irritated, given someone a dirty look, envious, lost your patience, lied, gossipped, been rude, exercised judgment, been unforgiving, malicious, or etc.? Of course you have!! If you say “No” to at least 1 of the things listed, you’re lying and the truth ain’t in ya!!!!!
I find that I expect for my own misdeeds towards others to magically blow over. Hey, I mean, if I start talking back to him/her like nothing happened, and they talk back to me… we’re good. Right?!?!! Wrong. 2Corinthians 12:9 — God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Last week, I spoke to and treated someone in a way that required an apology. In the moment, I didn’t feel like I was doing anything wrong. I was justified in my reaction(s) and I didn’t mean any harm by it… or DID I? We are but mere flesh and our reactions to folks can be fleshed-out and negative because wickedness unfortunately appeals to our human-nature. Sad but true. So, I had to go to that person and sincerely apologize, not only in hopes of my apology being accepted, but being embraced as I mentioned earlier…truly forgiven. Praise God, I was! The person acted in the spirit of grace that God has for us daily and it was very humbling for me.
I challenge you to make today Forgive Someone/Forgive Myself Day!! Are you in? Be BOLD & FABULOUS as you do.