Forgiveness is a Spiral
True forgiveness is hard, and it takes longer than most people realize. That’s why most people don’t actually complete the forgiveness process. We forgive what we can in the moment and then simply refuse to think about it anymore. We walk away from our hearts, leaving the wound open and untreated.
It doesn't take long to begin to understand how infected an open wound in your soul can get. Because we fail to completely forgive, we remain injured by our past.
“Why can’t we get past this?” we wonder. “Why does this keep coming up again and again?”
Most of us have never understood the fundamentals of forgiveness. We want it to be like a set of stairs. We want to deal with it and then move on. In reality, it’s more like a spiral. We keep coming back to the same issue, but at a deeper level. We may have forgiven at one level, but now, we need to forgive at ever deepening levels. Although it feels like we’re just going around in circles, as we descend the spiral, we are making significant progress.
Jesus said we must be willing to forgive 490 times. Most of us think that’s a lot, but there are moments when we will have to forgive 490 times for the same offense.
So, as you are walking through the forgiveness process, take your time with each moment. God, in His grace, lets you deal with your deepest hurts, a little bit at a time.
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