I Needed Forgiveness

Just the other day...I needed forgiveness. Someone had said something about me that hurt me deeply, however, this person didn't even know that I knew it. So the poisonous, bitter feelings I had conjured up were mine to deal with alone, or so I thought.

There are verses in the Bible that talk about God searching our hearts (one example is 1 Chron 28:9 "for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts"). God searched my heart and found it in a disgusting state. Everywhere I turned, I kept hearing about forgiveness, but the nail in the coffin for me was a sermon series my husband just "happened" to preach on the subject.

Although I felt completely misrepresented and misunderstood...

although I felt justified in my anger...

although before a court of others, I would have walked away scot-free...

before the court of the Lord, I stood guilt-ridden and dripping with sin.

So I went to my offender, shaking and scared, but knowing in my heart it was the right thing to do. After a long discussion that included hugs and tears, I was forgiven...


and free.

It felt wonderful!!

The Word says in Romans 12:18, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

The Lord, the diligent searcher of all, graciously lets us know when a situation is ours to correct. And when He does, it is our job to quickly obey.

What about you? Has He shown you a situation you need to correct, maybe even brought to mind the name of a person you need to go to? If so, I implore you to do it...today!

Go shaking. 

Go scared.

But go.

Your freedom is waiting.


Here's an awesome song on forgiveness by TobyMac! You're gonna want to listen....
Link to VIDEO on YouTube

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