Consider this question…Is the hurt that caused you to stop forgiving the same hurt now fueling your choice to continue refraining from forgiving? I have learned the ability to forgive is not always the problem, ones inability to manage the residue of the hurt after extending forgiveness is the real issue. The desire to forgive someone typically arrises much quicker than we stop mentally rehearsing our hurt. In many cases the rehearsals have added additional layers of pain that become the new focal point pushing us farther away from our desire to forgive. The hurt becomes an invisible barrier we use to keep others out, not realizing its holding us hostage. We must remember choosing to forgive does not release others from accountability, it’s does however release us to live beyond and in spite of our hurt. The effectiveness of forgiveness can be achieved the moment forgiveness it’s extended with no anticipation of it being reciprocated. Today do yourself a favor and think about who, what, and why you claim you can’t forgive and determine what’s really fueling your choice. Have a Blessed and I Love You!!!
“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”” Luke 23:33-35