Dearest Prayer Warriors,
Whether conscious or unconscious, often we choose not to forgive. The reasons may vary, for example:
- We are blind to our hardness of heart
- We want to use our anger as a weapon to reciprocate pain
- Not forgiving is a weak attempt to sooth our pride
- We enjoy our pity-party and wallowing in our misery (secretly hoping for sympathy)
Ironically, when we choose not to forgive, be inflict pain on ourselves.
One needs only to look at the cross to see what anger, pride and hardness of heart produces. Continue your gaze, and you will understand the fruit of forgiveness and love. Take a few minutes to meditate and gaze upon a crucifix.
All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Eph 4:31-32
Do we want to perpetrate pain or plant the seeds of forgiveness?
Forgive as you have been forgiven. After prayerful reflection, choose to forgive a family member, a friend, or adversary.
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Encourage forgiveness. Pass it on.