When you can truly open your heart to others and see everything from a place of love, life changes. Forgiveness can flow. Because the actions do not matter. The intent is not important. What matters is now. What matters is your peace. If you can truly love someone then you can truly forgive them. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We pray that often but have you stopped to hear those words? To listen to their meaning? Are you forgiven and if you are, do you have the capacity to forgive others?
Pastor Hunter once spoke on forgiveness and said it was like your mortgage. You "buy" your house but you have to make payments on it because you took a loan out. And so it is when you grant someone forgiveness, you have to make payments on it until that debt has been paid otherwise, it will get repossessed. If you must return to it (and chances are good that you will), pray on it. Pray into it. And remember how much lighter your heart is when you are letting go of bitterness, pain and anger. Don't let the enemy condemn you with silence. Speak forth what you have done or what has been done to you and then keep on walking. Forgive yourself because that's one of the hardest things for us to do. It is difficult because the enemy wants to keep us in that dark place in order to hold us back from our purpose. It's not a coincidence that it is said that forgiveness is something you do for yourself.
Let's practice love this weekend. Let's practice being still this weekend. Listening to that which God has placed in our hearts. Not the hurt, not the pain, not the anger. But the love. Speak love this weekend and I guarantee you that come Monday, your life will be changed. Because your outlook will be different and your reaction to the trials in your life will never be the same. There's a reason why in the bible, Peter says: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
And you don't even have to send this to 10 of your closest friends including me for this to come to pass. Simply forgive...