October 5, 2021

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. (Isaiah 43:18)
As we continue our look at the topic of “How to forgive when it is hard.” As I read (Isaiah 43:18) this morning, I found that (v.18) resonated with me as it reads, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.”
Something I do is a not-so-good thing; I tend to overthink situations that have taken place, almost as if I am replaying a tape of what I believe (or perceived) took place in my mind. If this resonates with you, might I add, this tends to be dangerous! You may be asking why is this such a dangerous thing? Suppose you are like me, as you are replaying the situation over and over in your mind, you tend to add your own opinion (or perception) to what the person may have been thinking or what their intentions may have been at the time; almost as if you are creating a story of what took place in your mind without having the other person’s involvement in the writing. This is dangerous because we, being our worst critics, tend to be self-critical and pessimistic of others.
Friends, remember, we live in a sin-filled world; people will say and do things that do not always sit well with us. That said, we must be careful not to dwell on the past, be cautious not to overthink the situation, but be quick to forgive. Would you pray with me?
Father, this is hard! I am so thankful for Your forgiveness. In fact, I cannot imagine my life without Your grace and mercy. I know my sins are many and that You forgive me each time I ask.
I do not want to have a double standard … and I want forgiveness, but I do not want to give it attitude, but Father, You know how painful this is. You know the consequences are huge and lasting. You know my heart hurts.
But I do not want to live with this bitterness and anger any longer. It is eating me up inside. Please help me. I need You! Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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