I never meet anyone who does not need mercy. On the other hand, I never meet anyone who feels like it is a piece of cake to forgive. I think the reason why forgiveness is such a popular topic is because we need it and we need to give it. I stumbled across a website that targets forgiveness. I’m linking up today to Find Your Voice, Make a Difference.
"Yes, hurt people do hurt people. But what's equally true is free people free people. And becoming free starts with being able to fully trust the loving care of God despite what we have possibly been through in our past." -- Pete Wilson
I love this quote because it leaves me with a choice. Am I going to stay hurt and hurt or am I going to go deeper into being free and free others?
I reinforced my determination to seek deeper freedom this week when I watched John Paul Jackson’s new program, Dreams and Mysteries. He taught exclusively about justice and how passionate God is to extend it to us, but first we must ask. How do I stand in the throne room before Father God and ask him for justice as I watch my loved one face lies and betrayal in court. Or how about when a close friend changes the rules of friendship and walks away, refusing to sit down face to face and talk about it? How about when the enemy has overplayed his hand in business and I’ve been cheated on? I need to make a claim for justice before God.
God is passionate about justice! When these evil things happen to us, they are not from God. And justice is not based on revenge. It is based on God’s great love for us and He loves my enemies too! It doesn’t surprise me that the first key in breakthrough is forgiveness!
Attacks come when the evil one intrudes upon us or it is we, ourselves, who open a door to evil through pride, greed, lust, guilt or fear. To see the justice for what’s been done against us, we need to stand before God innocently and that only comes by applying the blood sacrifice of Jesus and doing our part…forgiving! Then we need to wait and trust God’s timing for vindication.
This thought clinched it for me. “Is anything unresolved? This leads to anger.” I don’t want unresolved conflict standing in the way of receiving justice. Nor do I want my anger, my hurt to hurt. No, I’m on a journey to forgive and be free so that when I’m around others, they’ll be free too.