3 Important Lessons on Forgiveness

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“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” – Colossians 3:13


Forgive. It’s such a small word that packs big a punch. When dealing with ourselves, we want forgiveness to be offered to us freely. When dealing with others, it’s not something we quickly jump to or even want in moments of hurt.

For such a small word, Jesus has big thoughts on the matter. This year, He has taught me just what it means to forgive. Not the passive, “I want to move past this conversation and get over this awkwardness,” forgiveness. But the kind that brings you to love the person, to see them as Christ sees them, and ultimately hope for their good. So, below are just a few things God has revealed to me on the topic of forgiving others and letting His love heal those dark and hurting places. Continue reading “3 Important Lessons on Forgiveness”

Hanging on Every Word

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A couple months ago, I had an experience that shook my world. A traumatic event, not unlike other things in my past, sent me spinning. All of a sudden I found myself struggling to keep my head above water and just keep breathing. I tried my best to hide it from everyone, though several people kept asking if I was doing okay. I said I was or at least that I didn’t want to talk about it.

Truth was, I was hopeless and not sure what to think or believe. I felt completely worthless and damaged. I was questioning what was true about me, about my life, about God. I sunk into pits of fear and doubt and anger, all familiar places. I reverted to old thought patterns that ultimately are a form of self-harm, because they only serve to tear me down and minimize my worth. Over a 10-year journey, God had brought me so far in working through the old beliefs that came from a painful past, but honestly, I was wondering if I had just been deluding myself into thinking that God could really restore me and redeem my past.

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Even If…

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Even if…

It’s a constant question floating around in my mind. A question that brings doubts and fears with it. A question that can flood my mind in any given situation. I have a lot of things I am working on and giving to the Lord, but worrying is by far my deepest struggle.

Each and every experience in our lives has the potential to shape us. Sometimes, we forget to realize that we tend to perceive from those circumstances what is “safe” and what is “not safe”. In every situation from that moment on, we make preconceived judgments before we actually know what is truly safe. I know in my life that the experiences I have overcome or the hurts I have endured tend to follow me and pop up in my thoughts on occasion, based on the scenarios I daily find myself in.

When someone says something that an old friend once said, you instantly think they will betray you in the same way.

When someone is upset with you, you immediately think that person’s anger will escalate until there are hurtful words being spoken like before.

When the person you love is distant, you think they will leave because you have watched it happen in the past.

These are all agreements…Lies.

Lies we have believed to be true about every single circumstance we face.

Lies we have held on to that are keeping us from growth.

Lies from the very pit of hell.

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