UMUS4GV. How’s that for a license plate?
UMUS4GV. Thank you to whoever did that one, what a sensational reminder for us all when we are driving on the Beltway (and driving our own life).
I’ve been contemplating forgiveness quite a bit these days. The Bible talks a lot about forgiveness. Its so, so important. As a “Jesus Groupie” I am reminded of his ultimate forgiveness as he was on the cross imploring his father, forgive them Father for they know not what they do.
Plus, God is love and we were created in God’s image. So that means I am love. You are love. And like it says in my fave bible verse:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Let’s play with that a second. A small subtle shift with words and it goes like this:
I am patient and kind; I do not envy or boast; I am not arrogant or rude. I do not insist on my own way; I am not irritable or resentful; I do not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoice with the truth. I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things. I am love.
Feel the power in that? If only…
Why then can it be such a challenge to practice forgiveness? Such a good question and worth diving into.
I’ve had some things happen lately that have upset me. My immediate reaction is to talk about this anger. I am a talker, I need to do this. But as I’ve been paying more attention to my focus, talking about these things only upsets me more.
So I have been trying a new approach. Maybe I can be a different kind of talker. Talk less about those irritants and more about the positive. Focus on my end-game. Forgiving. Moving forward. Letting go. Giving it to God.
It doesn’t always work out smoothly. There have even been times that I have even begun to wonder, do I want to hold on to this resentment? Do I really want to forgive?
While I know ultimately I want to forgive, I can get swept up in the moment and the anger. When it just feels like too much and I don’t want to forgive.
Then I breathe. Get centered again and give myself a minute. I pray for God to give me the strength. To help me let go. I am human and that part of me needs forgiveness too.
Here is an interesting article I came across awhile back and wanted to share about forgiveness. Like the license plate, it came to me at a perfect time. Just like God knew I was ready for it.
Then there was this meme I came across this past weekend on Facebook:
In moments of conflict, know that there is a reason and a season. Forgiveness is definitely worth fighting for.
Are there times when you want to forgive but struggle?