Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Cost of Forgiveness

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”  -William Blake

The cost of forgiveness is little when you invested little; the cost of forgiveness is great when you invested greatly.  Unanswered questions and what you wish you’d said bombard your mind.  “How could you?” and “I was there for you.” or “I never would have treated you the way you treated me.”   The person who wronged you may never apologize and you may never reconcile your grievance with them. Biblically, great testing precedes great blessing.  The most Powerful Force in the universe can replenish the years you lost and replace the person you loved, but sometimes He first will test you to see if you’ll forgive.  Forgiveness for you might be a daily process that you tend to the garden of your heart by pulling out the sprouts of bitterness that will only grow if left unattended.  Once you forgive you may find that the greatest blessing of all was forgiveness itself.  

Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing (Luke 23:34, NLT)

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