originally written 27 Sep 15
posted 11 Oct 15
photo by: Shirley/Missouri/Oct 2015
When we allow unforgiveness to build walls around our hearts,
we are embracing the enemy of God.

Look at the Cross.

This is not about feelings.
Jesus didn't "feel" like being crucified.
It was hard. It was excruciatingly painful.
It was unbelievably humiliating. It was the unfairest of unfair.
But He was obedient to His Father. He was willing to lay down His rights.
Because He trusted God to know what was best.
He trusted God so much that
even though everything appeared to be falling apart,
He believed our God, His father, was at work doing something AMAZING.

God knew.
He knew the depths of our humanity.
He knew the good, the bad, and the ugly.
He knew we were absolutely and eternally lost
without something drastic being done.
He was willing to bridge the gap our sin created between us.

Forgiveness, Grace, Mercy. Those are the earmarks of Love.
We are not simply given a suggestion to forgive others who have wronged us, we are commanded to forgive by our Lord Himself in the book of Matthew, verses 14&15:

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 
But if you do not forgive others their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Unforgiveness is the breeding ground for hate.
Unforgiveness has nothing to do with Love.
Unforgiveness separates us from our Heavenly Father.

Are we really willing to tell God we know more than He does?
Are we willing to say to Him that the offenses against us
weigh greater than the atrocities committed against His innocent Son?
Are we willing to disregard Love, embrace the lord of lies and hate
and, ultimately, sink with the losing team?

God help us!

Please help us forgive others who have wronged us.  
Please help us forgive ourselves.
Please help us Love.

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