We have spent a lot of time this week looking at the different sides of forgiveness; when you need to be forgiven, how to forgive yourself, forgiving others, forgiveness as a natural reaction, and grace with forgiveness. One of the best views of forgiveness is in the rear view mirror. The satisfaction of knowing, I didn’t think I could do that, and really I couldn’t; it was a God moment.
My husband uses this phrase a lot; “every nightmare is a great story once it’s over.” So true isn’t it? Forgiveness is the same way; having surrendered our hearts by walking out grace in action to let something or someone go. It is a victory worth celebrating and a story worth repeating. It is a pleasant sight in the rear view mirror.
The other thing that stands out to me is the further down the road you get from the moment of forgiveness, the less you remember of the depth of the pain. You always remember it as a place of difficulty, but if true healing has taken place, then your memory is usually kind to you. Your tone even changes as you tell the story, there are seasoned words of grace and compassion woven in where there once were words of sarcasm, criticism and anger. Forgiveness, it changes the story.
Ephesians 2:7-10 from The Message, “7Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
I love this version of these verses. He does all the making and saving, we do the giving up and the letting go. I challenge you to carry forward a life of forgiveness every day. The best part about it, is getting a glimpse of God’s miraculous work in the rear view mirror.
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