Wednesday, April 25, 2012

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART


Dear Friends,

There are many dynamics to relationships.  Each one is unique to the individuals in it.  But if there is one thing that can make or break any relationship, it could quite possibly be forgiveness - giving it as well as receiving it.

Forgiveness is a gift we give, releasing the person who hurt us from the bondage of owing us something that only God can truly give.  But we also give this gift to ourselves when we release the weight of holding on to an offense.  That is a really heavy burden, especially when the other person is going on with their life and may not even know or care what you are feeling.  Remember, our unforgiveness hurts us more than it does anyone else.

Of course, I am not saying that we should be doormats and let others just hurt and abuse us.  What I am saying is we need to learn to follow the Holy Spirit very closely and allow Him to lead us specifically in each situation and in each relationship.  Besides, He is much better at vindicating us than we are ourselves.  That is because He does it with nothing in mind but the good of everyone involved.  Sometimes, He may lead us to confront someone and other times He will lead us to just shake it off.  Stay sensitive to Him, because whichever way He leads is ultimately for our good and theirs.

Prayer is so important in times like these.  We need to depend completely on the Holy Spirit for the ability to forgive, as well as the way to go about it in each circumstance. I pray for you as well as your families, and other relationships and circles of influence.  And I want you to pray for me too.

Remember, forgiveness is a gift.  Give it and receive it!

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