We talk a lot about forgiveness this time of the year…
for good reason.
For those of us that have received the forgiveness of Christ,
we really have no excuse not to forgive others.
But I have to admit,
I struggle with forgiveness.
I struggle to let go of things when people hurt those that are closest to me and dearest to my heart.
It’s always more of a struggle for me to forgive when it’s someone close to me that’s hurting than when someone has hurt me directly.
I tend to want to protect those that are closest to me…even more than myself.
And so I battle to forgive.
To forgive others and to not let bitterness harbor in my heart.
I’ve come to realize that forgiveness usually requires an action.
Sure, we have to deal with forgiving others on a personal level with God, but it usually requires we take action to move past the hurt with the person that caused it in the first place.
- We reach out to them even though they may not deserve it.
- We pray for them to be blessed and see growth.
- We take the first step to repair the relationship.
Forgiveness usually requires action…it usually looks like something.
For Jesus it looked like a cross, 3 nails, and an empty tomb.
Where does forgiveness start for you?
What does forgiveness look like from a practical standpoint for your life situation?