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Forgive and forget. We’ve all heard it countless times. And it sounds oh-so-holy, doesn’t it?


But the human heart doesn’t let go so easily. And I’m not sure Father God actually intends us to. He forgets, yes. Casts our sin as far as the east is from the west, and remembers them not.


As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12


As the once-trending movie and song says, “Let it go.”


“But you don’t know what they did to me.”

“They don’t deserve my forgiveness.”

“I tried. I just can’t.”


Oh, but you can.

Like love, forgiveness is a choice. Too often in this life, we let emotions rule us. We wait for that “certain” feeling, and go with it.


Father God created those emotions and instilled them in us. But He did not intend them as our GPS for life. Only His Word can guide us; our feeling are to follow our spirit as we walk in His Truth.


Several years ago, I was in a Ladies Study group and we were discussing the topic of forgiveness. The points I’ve just made were brought up and discussed, when I piped up with the thought of forgiving… God!


Excuse me? Forgive God? You’ve got to be kidding me, right? He’s God, He does no wrong.


Ah. But here’s the beauty of forgiveness—it’s not for the one who wronged us; it’s for the one who forgives—us. While forgiveness releases the trespasser into Father’s hands, it also releases the one who was wronged.


Chew on that for a minute.


I’ve seen a meme floating around social media that likens unforgiveness to poison, drinking it and waiting for the other person to die.


But it whittles away at our soul and hardens our heart. It destroys from the inside out.


To the natural mind, forgiving someone who has done us wrong goes against the very fiber of our being. It rankles. We fight it and resist.


But it we abide in Him as He bids us, when we “let it go,” and forgive, ah! such sweetness, such release, such peace.


 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9


Father can do more when we take our meddling hands off than we ever could. And He does.


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who arethe called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


When we get out of the way and let Him be, well, God.


More than forgive—what? There’s more?



Bless them.


Wait, what?


But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you… Matthew 5:44


Isn’t that the definition of forgiveness? The very epitome of letting go?


He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 4:45


Besides all that, all the logical explanation and reasoning, Jesus gave us the ultimate example.


Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:34


From the cross. He said this about the people who had just driven spikes into his feet and hands.


Forgive them.


How can we do any less?


Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Forgiving, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 11:12, Isaiah 55: 8-9, Romans 8:28, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 5:45, Luke 23:34

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