While at The Altar: Forgive

I get it, I get it. Forgiveness is a process you say. True it is but the process has to start with us making a decision to forgive. It does so much for us when we decide to not be burdened by negative emotions. Negative emotions such as vengeance and resentment makes us ugly, makes us evil, and hinders our growth. It's so not worth it.

I believe that one of the main barriers to us forgiving others is we think that to forgive means that we have to deal with that person again. Forgiveness does not mean that. We can forgive without reconciling with the person who hurt us. We forgive because we want to walk in abundance, we want to live in peace, we want to spread love and light and we are not able to do that when unforgiveness is in our hearts.

Think about all of the times that we have done people wrong. I don't know about you but when I do people wrong it weighs on me heavily when I think that they are not going to forgive me. I know how bad I want, how bad I have needed forgiving so when I consider this it makes it easier for me to forgive others. I'll admit there are some hurts that reveal the heart and character of a person and those are the times when you have to forgive, wish each other well, and move on from one another but the forgiveness is necessary.

This week I want you to think about the people that you need to forgive. I want you to commit to getting rid of the baggage and the heaviness of unforgiveness. Release the weight. The sooner you forgive, the sooner you can get them off of your mind and free that mental space up for something more meaningful.

Listen to this prayer on forgiveness as many times as you need to in order to set yourself and your offender free!

God bless you and may He give you courage,

Pamela D. Smith