You know the feeling.
It could be big or small, but someone just did something that hurt you. Careless words were said. A friend just cancelled plans with you, and it’s not the first time it’s happened. Your husband or wife is doing that one thing that really drives you nuts. Someone just failed to meet your expectations in some way. You got dumped. Someone cut you off in traffic. Your boss overlooked you for a promotion. It can be major or it can be minor, but the list goes on and on.
As I said before, you know the feeling when this stuff happens. Let me see if this covers it: sadness, anger, frustration, resentment, rejection, bitterness, and maybe even the tiniest desire to be spiteful or try to get some sort of revenge.
Now let me ask you another question. How many of those feelings make you feel good or more importantly, leave you feeling good moving forward in your daily routine or your life in general?
I’ll wait for the tumbleweeds to blow by and the crickets to finish chirping.
Alright, so assuming your answer was ‘none’ then take three minutes to listen to the song included in this post. The message in it just might help you feel better or possibly even (gasp!) good after these things happen.
You have the ability to turn a negative into a positive! If you can find a way to forgive in situations like this, big and small, you’ll be on your way toward achieving peace in your life and keeping the joy in it as well.
Forgiving someone empowers you. Forgiving someone frees you from those feelings mentioned above. Forgiving someone isn’t just something to do because ‘it’s the right thing to do.’ It’s something that can make a huge difference in your life, as well as your emotional and physical well-being.
Obviously it’s not always easy to do this, but you can do it. Besides, who said life was easy anyway? 🙂
Still not convinced? Maybe these words will help…
You can’t expect perfection from anyone because you are not perfect. -Lisa Cockrell
I don’t know about you, but that sentence puts things in perspective for me whenever I read it. We’re all flawed, but God forgives us for the stuff we’ve done. Who are we to not offer that same forgiveness to others?
So go for it. Forgive someone today and see where it takes you.
Have a great day.
Oh, Father won’t You forgive them. They don’t know what they’ve been doing. Oh, Father give me grace to forgive them…’cause I feel like the one losing.