Mar. 8, 2018

Forgiveness

I don’t like to forgive. I do, however, love to be forgiven.

Recently, I was praying about a situation where women shut me out, gossiped about me, judged me, rejected me, belittled me, and ignored me. It was as though I didn’t exist. When I tried to reach out to resolve the issue (which I still have no clue what “the issue” is all about), I was ignored again.

During my prayers, I asked God to give me the grace needed to accept that these women – who were once “friends” –  refuse to forgive me. I asked God to bring healing and blessings to their hearts and homes. I asked God to allow me to move on without understanding why I had been shut out.

Sounds noble, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled. Just as I prayed this prayer, the Spirit of God whispered to me, “Roni, they are treating you like you treat many other people.”

Forgiveness – I love to receive it. I’m not so great at showering it on others.

If anyone reading this blog has been shut out by me, gossiped about by me, feels judged by me, felt rejected by me, has felt belittled by me, or knows I purposely ignored them, please accept my apology.

May we join in prayer to ask for the grace needed to accept the reality that we all mess up? Let’s pray for one another. Please ask God to bring healing and blessings to each heart and each home. Please pray that God will allow us and, even more, show us how to move on without understanding why things happen the way they happen. Sometimes a fresh start is the best move.

It’s great to be forgiven. It is even greater to forgive.

Blessings to you.

“Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.” Matthew 6:12 (Good News Bible)