I am thankful for forgiveness.
Today’s church service was about favor, fairness, and forgiveness.
I quickly learned that people live with a “filter of fairness” point of view on the world. Basically meaning if someone does them wrong, they expect an apology or something in return. However, the only way to live free in a world that is not fair is to give up your “filter of fairness” and take on God’s “filter of forgiveness.”
Forgiveness- The acknowledgement that life is not fair!
We think we forgive, but what we really want is for that person to secretly get what they deserve or make a mistake in life. You’ve got to remember that you don’t forgive somebody because they deserve it or because you want an apology. Our waiting on an apology can turn into resentment which can turn into nothing but bitterness. We don’t realize what truly not forgiving is doing to us. Don’t let someone’s injustice hold you in a prison for the rest of your life, rise above it! In life, people are going to hurt you, people will let you down and disappoint you, someone will walk out on you when you’ve put everything into the relationship, people will get that raise or promotion over you when you are the one that has worked harder… LIFE ISN’T FAIR! You have to have the attitude that you have not come to be served, but to serve. Life didn’t treat Jesus fair, but he still said “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do.” To live in God’s favor you have to walk in forgiveness, but the key to forgiveness is understanding life isn’t fair. God’s favor is way greater than man’s fairness.
To forgive is to give up all hope for a better past!
So, today I’m thankful for the message we received and not only forgiveness each and every day from God, but the chance to forgive others. Forgiveness is easier if you know that life isn’t fair and that we can’t change the past. Truly forgive, move on with your life, and be happy! You’ll know if you have truly forgiven if you are not still expecting something back from that person.