Monday, October 14, 2013

Forgiveness Is Too Hard

Forgiving someone is hard. Simply put. When someone wrongs you, it is hard to forgive.

For me, I find it easy to forgive in words, but the sting of anger and betrayal is still there. If I don't forgive from the heart, it is worthless. I am still harming myself and ultimately harming the relationship.

When we hold on to unforgiveness, it grows in our heart.

I love what Courtney from Women Living Well has to say in her new book Women Living Well: Finding Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home:
My children have a favorite tree they love to climb in our backyard,but last spring we found a massive vine of poison ivy crawling upthe tree. Out of fear for my children’s safety, I worked vigilantly tospray and remove all the poison ivy. I knew if they rubbed up againstit, they would be in a lot of pain, and the tree would no longer be apleasant place.
In the same way, I want to caution wives to not poison their marriageswith their lack of forgiveness. If you continue to hold on toyour hurts, a root of bitterness will grow inside of you. This bitternessover time will poison your marriage. Scripture tells us, “ThenPeter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sinagainst me, and I forgive him?As many as seven times?’ Jesus saidto him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times’”(Matt. 18:21–22)
I am very allergic to poison ivy. It is a horrible, horrible thing when I get.  It spreads quickly and not only does it leave a nasty, itchy rash, but it is very painful and I often feel physically sick as well. Unforgiveness is the same way. It causes a root of bitterness in our heart and that root grows and spreads out causing damage at every turn.

Has your husband wronged you in some way? Has he hurt your feelings with his words or actions? Has he crossed lines? Sister, take it to the cross. Cry out to Jesus. Then leave it there and forgive your husband. There is such a beautiful freedom in forgiveness.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenifer, forgiveness is hard, especially with those closest to us, but it is so worth it. The hurt no longer has power over you (gradually) and you are able to reconnect and build a stronger relationship. Great reminder to keep forgiveness close at hand, and great post.
    God bless


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