In Part 1 of this blog series we looked at Exodus 8 and how Pharaoh waited a day to have Moses ask God to get rid of the frogs. Carrying unforgiveness around in your heart is like carrying a bunch of frogs around with you. Forgiveness allows us to get rid of these frogs. If you did not read Part 1 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 2, I shared a bit about my personal story and my journey to learn what real forgiveness was. If you did not read Part 2 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 3, I discussed the ideas of admitting we need help, taking responsibility for our own happiness, stop putting it off, and turning your mess into your message. If you did not read Part 3 of this blog series, you can read it here.
There have been two major turning points in my life so far. The first is the day I finally stepped over the faith line. It was the day I surrendered my life to God and started to have a real relationship with Him. The second major turning point was when I finally learned how to truly forgive someone. It is ironic that both of these events occurred within a 6 month time span. I was not strong enough as a person to learn how to really forgive someone on my own. I needed God’s help with that one. Without stepping over the faith line, I would not have been able to forgive. Before then, I thought I was forgiving, but I was only fooling myself. The truth is that I was not forgiving; I was just suppressing the hurt and carrying it with me.
Stepping over the faith line is a personal journey that is unique to every person. If you have not already done that, it is something that God will have to work through with you like He did me.
What I do want to address is the topic of forgiveness so that we can learn more about what forgiveness really is and what we need to do to learn to truly forgive someone.
When someone hurts us, we often react as though that individual has stolen from us. We feel that they owe us, yet God wants us to let it go.
If we refuse to forgive, what hope do we have of receiving what we need? To receive from God what He has promised in His Word, we must obey Him, regardless of how difficult it may be. We must forgive.
The greatest deception that Satan has perpetuated in the area of forgiveness is the idea that if our feelings have not changed, we have not truly forgiven. When you decide to forgive someone, don’t let the devil convince you that because you still have the same feelings, you have not really forgiven the person.
You can make the right decision to forgive and not “feel” any differently. That’s when faith steps in. You have done your part, now wait on God. He will do His part and heal your emotions, make you whole, and change your feelings toward the person who hurt you.