*Let this God inspired writing...from His heart to ours, be a reminder that healing within the heart, can only take place, when we are willing to let go and forgive others.
"Forgiving another person isn't only a spoken word; but it's a change of heart that leaves the past behind, to care about what lies ahead." (by Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain...inspired by God) Can we truly say that our hearts are headed in this direction, after experiencing hurt from another person? The reason why I feel led to share this with you today; is because I have felt as though I have spent the majority of my life forgiving others. First, it was my grandfather, who sexually abused me...around the age of five. How do you forgive such a selfish love? Believe me, when I say that this was one of the most difficult moments of forgiving another person in my life; but I knew that I could not move on, with unforgiveness leading the way.
So many times, we find it easy, to either say..."Will you forgive me"...or "I forgive you;" but what is actually taking place within the heart, at that time? Is the heart moving along, with the words we speak or do our words seem to be going on their own?
One thing that unforgiveness can do; is definitely become a road block; that keeps us from moving ahead and enjoying life. In other words...when unforgiveness is held deep within the heart; it only festers and leads us to anger and resentment.
Sometimes...truly forgiving others can become tiresome and difficult to do...especially when it happens often...after all, we weren't the one responsible, for these acts of unkindness. In fact...I have found that people who don't keep their word and only create an ongoing hurt within us; that ends up keeping us in the forgiveness mode, can make a person feel, as if they are being taken for granted and very much unloved, which can sometimes make it even harder to forgive.
One thing that God is reminding me of in Matthew 18:21-22; is the time, when Peter asked Jesus, as to how many times we should forgive others...and Jesus' response was... "seventy times seven". Maybe Peter was really trying to see how much we should have to put up with a persons act of unkindness. I'm sure he was surprised with Jesus' reply...but I also believe that this was Jesus' way of saying; that we should always have His heart within us, to forgive another...after all, are we any more perfect than the other person?
Life can have it's moments of pain...and not just physical pain. In fact...I have come to see how there can be times, when the heart hurts more or just as much as physical pain; but there will never be any relief of that pain, when we harbor unforgiveness deep within us...and allow it to have control of our hearts. It's only when we choose to set the hurt free...through forgiveness; that we experience a healing...one that can truly repair what was once broken deep within...so forgive in the way that you would want others to forgive you....and not only with word...but even more...through the heart.