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I have discovered it is really hard to be Queen in a household with 3 princesses! Somebody is always borrowing my tiara! Well in between hunting my stuff down I am the proclaimed Queen in the Land of fluff (where my husband swears one day that he will die from glitter lung (you get the picture!) Besides that I am a dieting, exercising, crafting, biblestudying kind of girl.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

forgiveness can be a tricky word

I watched a movie the other night called the "Grace Card". In the movie one of the character says "it's easy to receive grace, but it's hard to give away."

That is SO True!! When I have done something wrong, I want to be forgiven! I ask my husband, my friends, my kids to forgive me. I really want want forgiveness or grace when I have messed up. However, when someone has wronged me, and I get to choose whether or not I want to give grace or forgive. It can be so hard to give!

This week in my bible study we have been talking about this. It has been very interesting to hear where other people find it hard to forgive others, is it because they have a "repeat offender" in their life that is always messing up, that makes it so hard to give grace. Or is it a matter that forgiveness is offered more easily depending on what the offense is. What or where do you see the line in your own life that makes giving grace hard.

I think grace or forgiveness can be hardest when the offender either does not claim responsibility for the offense or doesn't even care enough to apologize for the offense in the first place. However, I do realize that the bible tells us we are supposed to forgive others. We are to offer forgiveness over, and over again if necessary. I have come to understand that offering someone grace or forgiveness has nothing to do with them, but has everything to do with the condition of my heart. By offering forgiveness it keeps my heart soft, it keeps it loving, and not a hard little stone.

It does get easier the more often I fall to my knees to God and pray that he helps me forgive others instantly, instead of nursing a grudge for days, weeks, and um.. I am sure I have never held a grudge longer than a year. However, I am learning to trust him, and turn over even my brokeness to him and letting him give me peace and restore my soul. It is a hard but freeing process. I am definitely a work in progress.

Have you ever found it hard to give someone else grace or forgiveness? What do you do when you know that you need to forgive someone but you just don't "feel" like it? Do you find it easier to receive grace or give grace? I would love to know what you think about the subject, please leave me a comment, I love comments!

1 comment:

  1. It can be so hard at times to forgiveness. From my heart's point of view I have found it my extending grace and mercy and forgiveness towards someone depending on the "crime" or "issue" at hand....You know it's kinda like as Christians sometimes we can't hardly fathom why God would allow someone that has abused a child the opportunity to be forgiven and saved! That is beyond my comprehension. But....then I am not God! Over the years as I have grown in the Lord and stayed in His Word I have found myself forgiving more easily...not holding a grudge and able to move on. But it hasn't always been easy. I have been teaching ladies Bible study now for 15 years and I truly feel in my heart that is one of the reasons God called me to this particular ministry was so that I would be disciplined in the Word and would have to PRACTICE what I TEACH! He is so cute like that isn't He? But the bottom line is this....When I look back from where God brought me from...where I could have been...I think, "Thank you Jesus for Your grace, mercy and forgiveness. Without it, I would be doomed. Hugs and blessings, Cindy



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