Forgiveness. It’s something that’s sometimes hard to give out. However, I am hear to tell you that it should not be difficult at all.
Our Savior hung on a tree after men nailed Him onto it. They nailed His loving hands that healed many, gave sight to the blind and touched nations. They nailed His precious feet that walked on water and walked hundreds of miles to spread His Father’s Good News. Despite all of this, He forgave them.
How amazing is that? Just the thought of it blows my mind. He’s going through excruciating pain for all of our sins, and He forgives them. What an amazing example to follow!
Everyone at some point gets hurt and everyone at some point hurts someone else. I was hurt badly in my eighth grade year. No one should have to go through what I went through. Middle school girls can be hurtful and mean. Words were spat out, harassment went on and things were said that should never ever have been said.
I find myself reliving certain moments from eighth grade over and over again. Because of this time in my life, trusting people is beyond difficult for me. I am extremely self-conscious because of these girls. But, I’ve held on to my past for too long.
About a month ago I realized that I needed to forgive these people. But how? Forgive them for all that they did to me? Every word, every action? I felt like they put me through so much, I couldn’t possibly forgive them! It seemed like the most difficult thing in the world.
If this world had more forgiveness, would there be so much hate? Would there be war? Would there be fear and worry? Why is it so hard for us to forgive when our Master showed us that it’s so simple?
Letting go of that year and looking forward was a huge and hard step, but I did it with God at my side. The feeling of peace and love immediately came over me. Whether they know it or not, I have forgiven them.
The purpose of this is not to glorify myself in any way. It’s to simply let you know that forgiveness needs to take place in our lives every day. It’s something that as Christians we need to demonstrate and show people — that with forgiveness, love comes out of it.
I want so badly to bring people to Christ and show them the amazing forgiveness of God. I need to set an example to those people by throwing hate and sin out of my life and taking in forgiveness and love.
Prayer is what I ask for. It’s the only way to true forgiveness and grace. By changing our lives we can help change the lives of others. The thought of that brings a smile to my face.
Can you imagine how many lives we can save just by forgiveness? I pray that you can change your life and forgive those who have hurt you and ask for forgiveness from those you have hurt. The outcome is breathtaking. Follow in the steps of your Savior and forgive no matter how difficult.
Forgiveness, pass it on.