We all have things we hang onto - those tiny booties that our precious little ones wore, a hand quilted blanket handed down from generations, a box of photos that are yellowed and torn. The things that we collect and hold close to our hearts help to bring back memories and feel closer to those who are no longer in our lives. However, among those treasures we also tend to hang onto unforgiveness. Hurts and disappointments are harder to let go of than we care to admit. Our unforgivenesss quickly turns into ugly bitterness and resentment.
Lord, teach us how to forgive. Only You can heal the damage that has been done, only You can right the wrongs, and only You can mend broken hearts. Lord show us how to let go of the grudges and ill feelings. Your word tells us that if we forgive we will be forgiven. God give us that desire to forgive others so that we may receive Your blessing. May we find peace in that promise even when our "self" tells us otherwise. In His mighty name...
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32