This past Sunday, I spoke at a women’s conference, and I’d been given my message title—“Rebuilding Bridges”—about forgiveness and trust. In the weeks leading up to it, as I prepared, I knew I also wanted to pray at the conference for attendees, to know whether there was any unforgiveness lingering in their hearts.
But I heard a whisper in my own heart—Why don’t you pray that?
I didn’t know of any issues I had with unforgiveness, but that was the point of the prayer—so I prayed.
And it couldn’t have been more than a few minutes—only God, right?—that something came to mind. It was years old, interactions I’d had with a couple of women, Christian women, which (as the younger folk say), left me feeling a certain type of way.
But, Lord, I said, that’s not really a forgiveness issue. I mean, if I never saw them again, it would be cool, but . . .
He reminded me of the little gut reaction I get when I “see” them on social media—sort of an eye roll in a corner of my heart. And I knew He was saying, “That’s not cool.”
So I prayed again, repented, and asked the Lord to take away what was in my heart toward them, and to replace it with His peace.
And I rejoiced, because we hold onto things, sometimes consciously, sometimes in a corner of our hearts, and they impact our spiritual walk—but God is gracious to shine His holy spotlight, call it out, and help us to let it go.
Whether it springs from words uttered in our own homes to offenses at work, whether yesterday or thirty years ago, there’s no shortage of opportunities to forgive. And really, we must. It’s central to our faith. It’s the basis of our faith. Praise God for the blood of Jesus that bought forgiveness for our sins.
Still, forgiveness is far from easy. In this video, I’m sharing “4 Reasons We Need to Forgive,” and I’m hoping it provides encouragement. Forgiveness always moves us to a better place, as it invites the grace and power of God to work in the situation, in our hearts, and beyond.
As always, looking forward to your thoughts!