I was driving the other day and watched as 2 cars stopped in the middle of traffic to pick up a lost box turtle and walk it 50 yards to the nearest pond while dozens of cars were backed up behind them. Now the turtle was not in any clear and present danger, yet yielded such a provactive response and outpouring of love.
On the flip side, every week I watch hundreds of us walk by and drive by lost human beings, who are suffering and we do not lead them to water or even bring the water to them to drink.
I thank the Lord that He shined a light on this for me. It is indicative of how “hurt” we are as a society. We have all been hurt, people have stabbed us in the back, cheated us, lied to us, physically, emotionally and mentally abused us and we are DONE with people!
This is the symptom, but I submit to you that Unforgiveness is the disease. If you’ve been hurt you MUST forgive. Carrying around a root of bitterness is like you drinking poison and hoping it hurts the other person. It doesn’t it’s only hurting you! Jesus modeled forgiveness many times and told us this is the path to righteousness.
Jesus always took it to another level though and actually told Peter in Matthew 18:21-22, I’m not telling you to forgive once, I’m telling you to forgive an unlimited amount of times and even for the same offense! Blessings to the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
I do not think it could be much more clear than Matthew 6:14-15, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
I pray for a softening of our hearts and a Spirit of forgiveness to fall on us so that WE may be free. Unforgiveness is keeping us prisoners not the violater! Give it to Jesus. Be set free!! This is my prayer for YOU this week!
Be Blessed and Be Free!