Grudges tear families apart. Forgiveness is the first step toward reconciliation and restoration.
…now go and sin no more.
The beautiful thing about Jesus is His ability to forgive. Jesus knows our sin and he fully accepts it, yet He also fully forgives. The woman referenced in this verse was caught in adultery, in an age when that was a huge no-no. Jesus knew exactly what she had done, but he forgave her. Not only did he forgive her, he did not hold her sin against her. We would all benefit if we followed Jesus’ forgiving heart.
Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive? More importantly, do you need to not hold their wrong behavior over their head? As moms, we can tend to hold our children’s misbehavior over their heads and constantly recall their bad choices in life. But, where does that get you as a mom? Does that bring you and your child closer in a relationship or further the gap? What about your husband? Are you holding past mistakes over his head, waiting for him to redeem himself before you will move on? What will he have to do to redeem himself in your eyes? Whatever your expectations are for redemption, it will never be enough. He can never make things right again. However, you can start the restoration process by forgiving and stop holding it against him.
Grudges tear families apart. Forgiveness is the first step toward restoration. It is hard to forgive, and some wrongs you may feel you will never be able to forgive. But remember, Christ is in you and He absolutely can forgive, so ask Him to do it for you. Ask Him to forgive your child, your husband, your mom or dad. Ask Christ to love that person for you, until your emotions can catch up. Today, ask God to begin the process of restoration for you and your family.
I admit I hold grudges against people even though I know it is wrong. Sometimes I feel as if I cannot help myself. The offenses that have been committed against me are too great. God, I know you can forgive anything and anyone. You forgave me. Please give me Your loving heart and help me to begin to forgive and move on in my life.