Alexis Anne ∙ 25 Oct, 11
what does forgiveness look like?
for a lot of us we forgive when someone says they are sorry or they have hurt us in someway. But what if we talk bad about someone? because we don't agree with everything they are doing what if their life is now consuming mine? because in my free time I'm talking about them,. Is forgiveness more than just the surface of accepting an apology?
what about forgiving someone for not living up to what you want them to do? and live the way you want them to live? forgiveness is freedom, I love the saying " forgiving is like setting a prisoner free, only to find out the prisoner was you"
it sounds silly to forgive someone for not being what you want them to be, but it is also linked with grace, not forgiving leads to a hard heart, judging, being angry and upset and think about it how many times do we have these feelings towards someone and its because we haven't given them grace and forgiveness instead we hold our noses up and judge them or are angry towards them.
the biggest thing about forgiveness is the person doesn't have to know, you don't have to be strange and go up to them randomly and say "i forgive you" no its about in your heart setting your self and that person free from the hatred and bitterness that has settled into your heart.
all to often we go through this world thinking we are better than others or that forgiveness and grace are given limited to others like "I;m so nice I forgave you?!" how great am I. when in reality we all need grace and forgiveness daily, possibly every minute. no one is perfect and no one has the right to withhold grace, if they themselves expect to receive it.
walk freely in freedom and allow people grace and forgiveness just as Jesus did with us
"Be kind to one another,tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."