“Forgiveness always seems so easy, when we need it, and so hard when we need to give it.” anonymous
Why are you so angry all the time? That was the question my wife asked of me the other day. My response was “I am not angry that is just the way I talk!” My wife knows me very well…. Sometimes too well. I sent her a phone message the next day that said “I don’t know what is going on but if you hear anything let me know ….. I need help. She comes home that evening and says “I think you have un forgiveness towards your brother. ” You know you are hearing the Lord when someone tells you something and it just makes your insides turn. I truly though that I had forgiven him over the last instance. When he came to the DFW area and did not stop off to see me. This is what I know about forgiveness. Forgiveness does not come easy for most of us. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we’ve been injured. We don’t naturally overflow with mercy, grace and forgiveness when we’ve been wronged. I have always been quick to forgive but evidently not this time. It has poisoned me and I don’t like it. So today I choose to forgive me brother. Tomorrow I will have to choose to forgive me brother. That does not mean that what he did was right it just means that I forgive him.. I am not going to write out a prayer, but the Lord knows my heart. Please forgive me.
I have sent my brother an email to start the process
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (NIV)
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (NIV)