If there is one regret that I have about unforgiveness --- it's time lost.
I wish I forgave more quickly so that I would have had the time to enjoy life more. Rather than holding on to bitterness that ensnares. That pulls us down.
I wish I forgave more quickly so the Lord could have brought blessings my way sooner. Rather than having the Lord wait for the time when I was finally ready for what He wanted to give me. He always wants our hearts to be ready. If there is unforgiveness, He cannot bless us fully.
I wish I forgave sooner so that I would have moved forward in life faster rather than getting stuck and bogged down by this heavy weight called --- Hurt. Offense. Pain. Disappointment. Resentment.
Forgiving is not about forgetting. I think no matter how much we want to forget, it's just not possible. It's really about choosing to move on and bypass whatever hurts or offenses there were so that we can enjoy life and be free.
So it's time to let go. Forgive. Be selective about what you choose to remember. Be hurt no more. After all, we are only slaves to people who offend us.
No, it's not easy. But we have a choice. If it was easy we won't need to choose. We'll just go for it.
Forgiveness is freedom. I want to be free. How about you?
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
- Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
- Matthew 6:14-15 The Message