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Don’t Live With Unforgiveness

Anger, hatred, violence, murder, assaults, stabbings, shootings, and road rage….how many forms of vengeful behavior do we hear daily?  Why?  Because of unresolved anger and the inability to live a life of forgiveness for wrongs (or perceived wrongs) that are done to us.   Lack of forgiveness can destroy every vestige of love in one’s life and lead to creating such a calloused heart that no one can pierce the hatred.  Here are some of the secular views of the power of forgiveness…….

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Marianne Williamson.  The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma GandhiForgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. Mark TwainThere is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Josh Billings.

Forgiveness begins when we give up the quest to get even. This is difficult, because getting even is the natural obsession of the wounded soul. Stories about getting even always capture our attention. It wouldn’t surprise me if revenge is the theme of as many as half the movies shown in theaters today.

Sometime ago Dave Hagler, who works as an umpire in a recreational baseball league, was pulled over for driving too fast in the snow in Boulder, Colorado. He tried to talk the officer out of giving him a ticket by telling him how worried he was about insurance and how he’s normally a very safe driver, and so on. The officer said that if he didn’t like receiving the ticket, he could take the matter to court.

At the first game in the next baseball season, Dave Hagler is umpiring behind the plate, and the first batter up is–can you believe it?–the policeman. As the officer is about to step into the batter’s box, they recognize each other. Long pause. The officer asks, “So how did the thing with the ticket go?” 

Hagler says, “You’d better swing at everything.”  (Copied).

Scripture is our foundation for living.  Do you remember God’s teaching on forgiveness?

Isaiah 1:18 –“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Acts 3:19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.