Two truths of forgiveness

Two truths of forgiveness

We have a two year old in our house.  I can only imagine what thoughts just ran through your mind hearing those words!  Let me be straight with you though, I don’t hate the two year old year.  I really don’t. They are full of adventure, discovery, cute new words they learn, smiles, laughter, and joy!

All that being said, we all know, if you have spent any amount of time with a two year old, that year is chock full of training!  Our two year old is inquisitive, an aspiring wall artist (which thankfully we are finally making progress in that arena!  She has limited her artistic hand to paper! Praise Jesus!), she thinks she can keep up with the big kids, she is learning every day how to be more independent than she was the day before.  The two year old year is a busy but great year!

Two year old’s (and even older children) can teach us a tremendous life lesson though.

There was a scuffle between our two year old and one of our other children and after figuring out what went wrong, we worked to make it right.  The kids apologized to each other, hugged, said they loved each other, and then went on playing like it had never even happened!  Children are amazing, their hearts so tender and loving!

It got me thinking, it is amazing how quickly children are to forgive and then move on.  When did it stop being so easy to forgive?  When did our thinking shift from forgiving instantly to believing it was easier to not forgive and instead cling to that wrongdoing like it was our life support?

We have all faced hurts in our lifetime, every single one of us.  At just the mere mention of the offenders name, it can hurl memories at us that slam us once again back into the situation that initially caused the hurt.  When did it become so hard to forgive?

The longer I am a parent the more I see how Christ uses my children to teach me more about Him.  Christ, my Savior, saw everything I would ever do, and He forgave me for it before I was even born!  Talk about tremendous love and forgiveness!

I’d love to share two simple truths about forgiveness with you today.

First, refusing to forgive breeds bitterness, but forgiveness brings blessing!  If we hang on to the wrong done to us it will begin to strangle us with all of it’s might.  When we clench our fists and refuse to forgive we begin to plant deep roots of bitterness, that will eventually result in not only hurting us, but many others around us.  {Hebrews 12:15, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;“}  Also, if we withhold forgiveness Scripture plainly tells us in Matthew 6:15, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Learning to forgive will bring about freedom!  Forgiveness means we can move forward instead of getting stuck in the muck of bitterness.  Forgiveness brings relief, and joy!  Though the one who wronged us may never seek forgiveness from us, it is vital that we choose in our hearts to forgive them anyway.

Second, keep on forgiving, refuse to hang on to past hurts.  In the book of Matthew Peter and Jesus have an interesting conversation.  Matthew 18:21-22, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”  In this passage Christ was not tell Peter to go home and begin a tally system and every time he forgave someone he should tick off one tally.  “Alright, you only have 253 more times until I am through with forgiving you!”  No, that is not at all what Christ was saying.  In reality, He was telling us to forgive, and forgive, and forgive, and forgive etc… Get the idea?  Just keep at it because that is the example Christ has set for us!  He continuously forgives us without limitation.  None of us are perfect, all of us are going to make mistakes, all of us will end up hurting someone whether intentional or not.  We all need to actively pursue forgiveness when we have done something and we all need to forgive when others have wronged us.  Keep on forgiving because the alternative of bitterness and anger is no way to live!

Friends, we can learn so much from children.  With a sincere heart be quick to forgive and receive forgiveness from Christ!

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