As surely as the leaves fall from the trees in autumn, offenses will also fall around us. We look down at our feet, and the hurts are scattered everywhere. They come from those that are closest to us – our husband, our children, our parents, our dearest friends with whom we have shared confidences and our very hearts. It’s stinging. It’s bitter. It’s what life is full of, and the reason we need a Savior. He makes sense of it all. He puts our hearts back together and reminds us of the same grace and love that forgave us of our offenses.
The question now is – How do I forgive this?! We have had the unimaginable said to us, done to us or thrown at us, and we have no idea how to go on. We must run to
Ephesians 4:32 ~
and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even
as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
How were we forgiven? Psalm 103:12 ~
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
It. is. gone.
This omniscient God who saved us chooses not to think about my sin! Amazing. I, on the other hand am prone to
think, dwell, and mull
over the sin others commit against me. If I really forgive, I will choose not to think on it. I move my mind to something else that fits into Philippians 4:8 way of thinking. Things that are ~
instead of the offense.
Take your mind off of the offense and onto Christ. Make a choice not to think about the hurt, but about your sweet Savior Who forgave you. Then you will have forgiven the way Christ forgives you.
You cannot put leaves that have fallen back on the tree. Let offenses lie, too. Think on them no more. That is forgiveness.