Love… Forgives

26 Jan

Day 3- Love Forgives

What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ. I Corinthians 2:10

This is probably the hardest one yet… Forgiving! Of course it is something that we all want when we are on the receiving end, but giving it is a whole different ball game. I recently read that counselors and pastors who deal with broken relationships on a regular basis will tell you that this is the most complex problem of all, a rupture that is often the last to be repaired. It cannot just be considered and contemplated but must be deliberately be put into action. Forgiveness has to happen, or a successful marriage won’t.

Ouch… that is always hard to read because at the end of the day, it is the God honest truth. Forgiveness is the walls, if the building is love. And, it is much easier to sit here and write about it than to actually put it in action; however, I again turn to the best example of forgiveness… Jesus!

There is a great parable about an ungrateful servant who owed his master  a large amount money. He went to he master begging for mercy and to his amazement the master canceled the debt. As the servant was leaving his masters home, he went to another man who owed him a much smaller amount of money than the debt that was just canceled for him, and demanded immediate payment. When the master heard about this he was moved by anger and rage and he handed him over to the torturer’s until he should repay all that he owed.

How many times in our lives have we done this? We beg for mercy, grace and forgiveness from one person but then when we need to give the same  to another… we refuse to do it. GUILTY! I am so guilty of this and as I get ready to make a lifelong commitment to the man I love, if I don’t have a heart that is that of forgiveness, well the lifetime is going to feel more like prison time. Un-forgiveness is just that… prison. Inside each “cell”  is a different pain, hurt or time of rejection. There are many people there who have hurt us and every time we add a new “cell to the “block” we are digging a deeper hole for ourselves. Forgiving may be hard and sometimes the person might not deserve it, but Jesus assured us that when we forgive it is for us, not them.

So in 2 days when I stand there and say my vows that I wrote I can assure the word forgiveness is in there. It is a MUST HAVE for any relationship that will last! Jesus did it on the cross… and I will have to do it in my marriage.

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