Friday, February 20, 2009
It happens sometimes . . . . Friends who we thought would be close to us for a lifetime hurt us and walk away.
We know the importance of forgiveness. Thus, when we are hurt, we know we will forgive them if our paths ever cross again. And we keep walking . . . .
We admit it, we feel hurt and ill treated. But we try not to dwell on the negative feelings. We try not to allow the experience to cause us to stumble.
Suddenly we hear the Lord admonishing us to forgive NOW . . . not when we see our friends . . . someday. We are to forgive NOW!
After we forgive, we may continue to feel hurt from the wrong done to us, but our souls will be clean. As we forgive our friends, God Himself will forgive us any trespass.
. . . . if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Heavenly Father, thank You for directing me not only to forgive, but You expect me to forgive NOW. In Jesus’ name. Amen.