Forgiveness

One of the hardest things you will ever have to do in your entire life is exercise forgiveness towards someone…yet it can also be one of the most important things you can ever do.

I will be honest, sometimes it is very difficult to say those three words: I forgive you. There have been people in my life who I may not want to forgive, for one reason or another. These are people who have hurt me physically or emotionally, have broken my heart or my body, have changed me in ways I could not have previously imagined…

To these people, I feel called to extend forgiveness. As the songs say, this is very difficult and you often feel like the one loosing when you offer someone forgiveness. However, as the physical and emotional wounds heal, I know that the healing will only be complete once I extend true forgiveness.

I have personal stories of forgiveness, and may share them here at some time. But for now, I encourage you to seek out one of two type of people…first, the people that have wronged you, tell them you forgive them…second, the people you have wronged or hurt in some way-ask them for their forgiveness.

Father- grant me the grace to show these people the forgiveness they deserve. You have forgiven me of all my sins and wrong doings, who am I not to extend this to those who have wronged me? Help too, these people…allow them to learn from their mistakes and work in them to help them be who you want them to be.

I know it will not be easy, but I will do my best to live the words of Matthew 6:14-15For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. And Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

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Two Words

What is your motivation to run and succeed at the life set before you? It may be that you are seeking human satisfaction, but when it is finished the words of humans will mean nothing and will be forgotten. So, let me pose a question to you…what are you doing with the life before you…what are you living for?

For me, I strive to fulfill the life and plan Christ has for me, although I may not fully know what it may be. I long for the day that I hear those two words of final affirmation from the Lord of Lords and King of Kings: WELL DONE. Nothing said on this side of heaven will mean as much as the hope of one day hearing those two powerful words.

Just as with the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), I strive to invest what He has provided me with, my skills, abilities and dreams. I will not simply save it all and bury it in the ground. He has already shown trust in me (and you!) by providing us all with various talents unique to ourselves…who are we to simply bury them?

Lord-let me live in a way that one day I may be fortunate to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Moriah Peters’ Well Done embodies this desire in a beautiful, direct and to-the-point way”