Forgiveness is a funny thing

At some point in our lives we have been in a situation where we were hurt. Sometimes it was intentional, sometimes it wasn’t. However the hurt came about, one thing is certain. We were left with a choice on how to handle it. Forgive or not forgive. So simple and yet also the hardest thing in the world to do.

Recently I have gone through some really hurtful experiences. At first the hurt was always there, forefront of my thoughts, haunting me almost. As time goes on the hurt is less and I can talk about the experiences without crying.

Through this, I have learned some things about forgiveness. We all know that the Bible tells us to forgive. Not only to forgive once but seventy times seventy. Over and over again we are to forgive. But our willingness to forgive comes with a condition.

I love how you can read something a million times and think you get it. Then one day those same little words you have read jump off the page and slap you upside the head. Matthew 6:9-13 contains the Lord’s prayer. Most of us have heard it, most of us can recite it. How many of us listen to the words?

This little gem jumped off the page at me:

Or in more modern English, ‘Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those that sin against us’.

Did you catch that? Forgiveness is not just about letting offenses go. It is also ensuring that we are forgiven. And I have a multitude of things I have asked to be forgiven for.

In the end, no matter what we have to forgive, it just ends up making us feel better. And life is too short to hold on to hurts.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.