This past Sunday we discussed a very difficult topic. It was the topic of forgiveness (you can view the sermon here). Forgiveness is interesting to me because it is something I desperately want from God and others. However, it is something I can be reluctant to want to give at times. I know from email and conversations that this past Sunday was difficult for some of you who have people you need to forgive. One exercise came up in my community group that has been helpful to others and I thought it might be helpful to you. So I want to share the idea:
Today find sometime to be alone. Take a piece of paper and pen. Sit down somewhere you can think and talk to God. Write out ways you have been hurt/offended/bothered by other people in your life. Just write out the ones that come to mind. Ask God for clarity. Write down the person’s name, what they did and how you felt. Ask God to reveal to you how this has affected you. Ask Him why you feel/felt the way you do/did. Spend some time working through these emotions. Here are a few questions from the sermon for you to discuss with God.
- Do I really believe that Jesus died for all sin? Maybe you know He died for your sin. Maybe you realize He died for the sins of the world. Do you believe He died for the sins committed against you? (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2)
- Is it disobedient to God if I don’t forgive? (Matthew 6:15; Matthew 6:9-12; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:59-60; Eph 4:32)
- What do I gain if I hold onto this? What do I gain if I let it go?
Tear up the paper! Be free. Take whatever next steps God directs you to.