As we come into the holidays I believe this is a perfect time for this post. The holidays can be tools to buffer & give you the opportunity to knock and execute this post. To often, I hear many walking in unforgiveness or they are the one unforgiven with family, friends, etc. I ask ” have you talked about whatever it is? Asked them to forgive you or have they asked you for forgiveness? And too often the response is: “Yes, but I just can’t forgive them, what they did really hurt Or they won’t forgive me.” Now you can’t “make” anyone forgive you but, you Can forgive them, bless them, and You move forward Free from that bondage . By experience I can testify to what I am sharing. Something else I learned is: It takes Calm loving communication to pull the binding weeds of unforgiveness out at the root. I also learned unforgiveness is driven by fear of being hurt again. So, Remember: It is thru God’s perfect Love (which is In You) and casts out fear (1John 4:18) that all things Are possible. Mark 10:27.
Forgiveness is a ” Decision”made in the heart and mind. Yeshua says in Luke 17:3-4 “So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister[a] (that would be your fellow man/woman) sins against you, rebuke them (discuss whatever it is that is disapproved); and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Note: I am Not and neither is God saying you should allow an abuser to beat you seven times a day or at all forgive them each time. Not saying either that you can’t forgive someone who has abused you, I have and am thankful I did but, that is a deeper conversation for another time. Today, I am speaking to ” words that hurt and are keeping you and someone at odds.” I am saying don’t remain bound in the misery and judgment of unforgiveness over words & some actions that yes indeed can’t be taken back but, they can be forgiven. Look within at your mistakes, times you may have said or done a hurtful thing. Can you really caste that stone? John 8:7 Really is there “Nothing you have done or said?” And has it been only One time? Have you never been forgiven? Maybe even of a grievous action even. Think on that a minute….hmmmmm… I believe you will find, No not One of us is perfect. Romans 3:10 In fact it has been my experience each of us over and over again will make mistakes, choices we regret and need to ask forgiveness. And like God the Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and my BFF, my Brother Yeshua forgive us, we are to forgive others. Forgiveness is an ACTION of Love. A choice we must choose to make or Not and experience the consequences of that choice. So, as we come into this season, pray for His Love to shine within and without, then step on out there and extend an olive branch. A call, a card, a knock at the door. You will find that many times that was all that was needed to break you both Free from those weeds that have held you both bound and in misery. Free to let the Seeds of Love come forth bring Joy, Peace, and Mercy in the gardens of your hearts. Yes, going forward will take some nurturing, some watering of healing but, oh what a beautiful end result in your gardens. So if this post applies to you & you should Choose to go share Love’s actions of Mercy & Forgiveness, know this: YOU CAN DO IT ! Just keep this encouraging Word in mind when you go. Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them saying: ” the Kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, “see here” ” see there” For indeed the Kingdom of God is ” WITHIN You”. the Kingdom of God is: His seeds of Love planted within us at creation & it is up to us whether those seeds of Love grow abundantly Or they are buried and bound by the weeds of darkness.
BTW: questioning the wording ” within you” vs amidst us – check out this site: http://www.bible-researcher.com/luke17.21.html — this is only one place in the Bible it is made clear God is within us…the seeds of His Spirit are planted within us…not separate from us.
Peace be with You…Hugs.