Freeing Forgiveness


When you don't feel like forgiving, ask the Father to help you do it anyway.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” —Matthew 6:14 (nkjv)

A nurse who was known to say the first thing that entered her mind made the most cutting remark: “I met your mother yesterday, and she walked like this.” She then proceeded to imitate my mother who was horribly crippled with osteoporosis. The shame and humiliation I felt were so great, it made me nauseated.

For two long decades, I harbored a grudge. Every time I saw this woman, I told myself, I will never forget what she did to me. That hurt so bad.

Today, I was teaching a class at the hospital when that same nurse, a student in my class, admired the earrings I was wearing. “Would you mind telling me where you purchased them?” she asked. “I would just love to have a pair.”

I’d bought the heart earrings at a resale shop some time back, so the likelihood of her finding another pair was slim to none. They cost only a couple of dollars, but they were one of my favorites.

When I returned to my office, I couldn’t stop thinking about that nurse. Give those earrings to her as a gift of love and forgiveness, an inner voice nudged. I cleansed the earrings with an alcohol towelette. Forgiveness followed the act of giving—joyful, freeing forgiveness.

When I don’t feel like forgiving, Father, help me to do it anyway.
Written by Roberta Messner
Digging Deeper: Mt18:21–35

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