Forgive and Forget?

Forgive and Forget?

Over the years, I have had difficulties with many church leaders. Some have treated me with disrespect, some have lied to me, others have gone behind my back to cause me harm. I have also had troubles with secular bosses and coworkers, with church members & church “bosses.” I have been disappointed by friends and family.

Still others, some of whom do not even consider themselves to be Christians, have helped me, encouraged me, and came to my rescue.
What it has taught me is that the problem is not with a particular religious belief, or the danger of power or authority over others. The problem is that we are all humans – and we all make mistakes

Although some of the people who did me wrong probably did not intend any harm to me, many others probably did. And they most likely do not DESERVE my forgiveness.

But, I must admit…. I have failed God, my church, my wife, my children, my friends, my boss, my leaders and just about every other person that I have ever had any contact with – and in many of those cases – I don’t deserve forgiveness either!

Thankfully, Jesus died so that God, in His mercy could forgive me – even though I do not deserve it. And, because of the forgiveness of God in their lives, most of my Christian friends have also forgiven me.

Bottom line: To harbor unforgiveness does nothing to punish the other person. It only poisons me with a root of bitterness. Most of us do not (normally) nurse animosity against others. If you are experiencing a memory of past wrongs, reject it and renounce it as forgiven.

Someone has wisely said, holding unforgiveness in your heart is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Be blessed today as you forgive all of those past wrongs!

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About Ray

Ray Waldo is a retired pastor with a passion for sharing knowledge, understanding and (if possible), wisdom with everyone he meets. Prior to his retirement, Ray served as a local pastor and teacher to five different churches in two states. He also served as a short-term missionary, teacher, and crusade speaker to groups in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda & the Democratic Republic of Congo (while Congo was still in conflict). Ray is also a widely recognized teacher, writer and public speaker. He was the top-billed speaker to groups of over 10,000 people when he visited Africa. He is currently writing two books (online) that he expects to be published within the next two years.

One thought on “Forgive and Forget?

  1. I have seen the benefit of being forgiven and having forgiven someone who had hurt me. I may have been justified in my anger, but carrying that anger around was too much work and caused too much stress on me physically and emotionally. It was easier to let it go.

    As a physician, I have seen the patient who “should” be getting better, but does not because they have anger holding them back from making the progress we would expect. Check out this article.

    Dr. Charles L. Foster
    Rutland, VT

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