Devotions from Judy’s heart
Forgiveness is a choice we make, just like cleaning our windshield was yesterday. We could have kept going with all the bugs blocking a clear vision but how much better to have it cleaned! And you may not believe this, but today as we got gas the manager came out and cleaned every window on our SUV for FREE!. ( He does it for a couple hours every Tuesday afternoon and we came just at the right time.) I thought of how the Lord is the one that washes our windows and forgives us freely. We only had to give permission and then He does it all. Isn’t that something that this should happen after writing this devotional yesterday!
As Florence MacKenzie wrote, “Forgiveness is giving up my right to pay back or get even with someone who has wronged me.” When we look at it this way, we find freedom. She uses the letters of forgiveness to give some helpful pointers.
Face the fact that withholding forgiveness feeds our anger, bitterness and resentment.
Openly admit these feelings to the Lord, for He already knows.
Remind ourselves that God, in Christ, has forgiven us.
Give up the right to pay back our offender.
Invite the Holy Spirit’s help as we begin the process of forgiveness.
View our offender as one whom God will deal with justly.
Embrace the freedom that forgiving our offender brings.
Let us choose to forgive as we have been forgiven much!