I know we have all heard that we must forgive. After all it’s what the bible says to do.
Within me and my angry heart I know that those thoughts are telling. They tell the tale of my pride…my anger…my stubbornness.
Do I want to hold on to pride and anger? Do I want to be stubborn? Of course not!
I am honest enough to say that I am not so benevolent as to forgive just to let them off the hook. My act of forgiveness may never mean anything to those who hurt me anyway.
Even if I don’t want to forgive the hurtful things done to me or said to me it is still a choice. One that comes at a cost, it does… but even in my darkest moments it’s a price I am willing to pay to rid my heart of bitterness and to find peace for my soul.
Peace that Jesus gives. Peace that can be mine if I count the costs and decide. Decide that it IS worth it. Forgiveness always is.