Many people are living in the past with hurts that haunt, grudges that grieve, words that wound, memories that maim, and a myriad of old feelings that block the fresh new life waiting to be lived. How freeing to leave the past where it belongs and trade that old life for a new life. The transformation can be liberating and well worthwhile.
I have a problem with a few things in life, namely:
Holding grudges for years
Wielding a higher education over those of lesser learning
Not seeing both sides of a situation
Not heeding our own conscience or well intended advice
Those who believe being right is their right even when they are wrong
Those who wield their power to the detriment of others
Those who believe their lives matter more than someone else’s
Not using forgiveness as a way to ease a variety of social illnesses
Abandonment…human or otherwise
Seeing the speck in another’s eye without observing the log in our own
I could go on and on but I have a problem with me having a problem with all of this.
“God Forgive Me” is the fifth prayer in Anthony DeStefano’s book Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To. Here is today’s excerpt from the chapter, Am I A Terrible Person?:
Finally, as most people know, there is a famous line from the “Our Father” that says: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” What that means, essentially, is that God is going to be merciful to us in the same measure that we are merciful to others. This is God’s quid pro quo of forgiveness, and its importance should never be underestimated. We are required to forgive others, not just once in a while, not just when we feel like it, but all the time. And if we don’t, we are going to have the same strict standard of judgment applied to us. Thus, if you are a very hard, callous type of individual who holds grudges and harbors all kinds of animosities against people who have offended you, you may have a lot to worry about on Judgment Day. But, on the other hand, if you are one of those weak individuals who is constantly falling into the same sinful behavior but are also merciful and forgiving to others, then, as Jesus said, your heavenly father will treat you in exactly the same way.
Am I a terrible person? When I look back on my life and all the wrongs I committed along the way, it is certainly easy to believe I was, if not a terrible person, at least not a very nice one at times. My biggest hurdle was unforgiveness after the breakdown of my marriage. It was Matthew 18:22 where Jesus told Peter he had to forgive seventy times seven that redeemed me. I asked God to help me forgive seventy times seven and that prayer was answered…not in an instant but relatively quickly.
Tomorrow: This Stress is Killing Me!…Lord, Give Me Peace