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.
In Part 4, I discussed the two major turning points in my life and how one of those turning points involved true forgiveness. If you did not read Part 4 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 5, I discussed some reasons why we fake forgiveness. If you did not read Part 5 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 6, I discussed some of the things that forgiveness is not. If you did not read Part 6 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 7, I discussed what forgiveness is. If you did not read Part 7 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 8, I discussed some ways you can know that you have forgiven someone. If you did not read Part 8 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 9, we looked at the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and discussed the importance Jesus puts on forgiveness. If you did not read Part 9 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 10, we looked at the parable of the unmerciful servant, found in Matthew 18. We discussed the idea of how we should forgive others like God has forgiven us. If you did not read Part 10 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 11, we talked about how Jesus dealt with the woman caught in adultery, found in John 8. If you did not read Part 11 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 12, we looked at Ephesians 4 and what Paul says about forgiveness. We also discussed the main topic of how do I forgive. If you did not read Part 12 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 13, we looked at the forgiveness cycle and the different parts that make up the cycle. If you did not read Part 13 of this blog series, you can read it here.
In Part 14, we discussed five practical steps that you can take on your journey to forgiveness. If you did not read Part 14 of this blog series, you can read it here.
When dealing with past hurts, we all know that it’s right to forgive, even when it’s difficult. However, few of us rarely take the next step that God wants us to take.
A common misconception is that all we have to do is make the decision to forgive and our job is finished, but Jesus also said, “Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor)upon those who abuse you who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you (Luke 6:28 AMP). In addition, Romans 12:14 says that we are to bless the people who persecute us and treat us cruelly.
Romans 12:14 (NIV)
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
We are to actively bless our enemies. God call us to extend mercy to people who do not deserve it. Why?
When you forgive, it opens a door for God to heal you, but honestly, it doesn’t do much for the person who offended you. But when you bless them, you ask God to bring truth to them so they can repent and experience the real freedom He provides. Forgiveness sets you free…blessing your enemies sets them free.
The bottom line is that life is too short and God is too good, to carry the frogs of unforgiveness around with you, even for one more day.
I want to thank each of you who have taken the time to take this 15 part blog journey with me. It took a lot of time and soul-searching within myself to put this together, but I have found great blessing by going through the process. By writing this blog I have been able to look back on my journey of learning how to forgive and realized how far God has brought me. I know there is no way that I would have ever reached this point without Him. I also know that God is still not done with me. I have good days and bad days ahead of me. I have learned so much, but I have so much more to learn. The best part of it all is that I know that God will be with me every step of the way. Who knows, some of you may be too. But thanks again from the very bottom of my heart.
God has replaced the frogs I gave Him with the beauty of a life I could have never known before. He has given me a life where I can forgive myself and others and know that it is the real deal. God wants to give you that beauty too, but first you must get rid of the frogs. Ask Him to help you. He did it for me, and I know He will do it for you. Make a decision today to not spend one more night with the frogs.