Ministry Monday: Forgiveness as an Example

let-your-light-shineHonestly, there are times when I just don’t want to forgive. I just don’t feel like being forgiving. Sometimes, I enjoy being mad. Yes, I really said that.

It is part of my personality. I am very type-A, I like things my way, and sometimes forgiveness is just too much for me.

And, then I am convicted.

The Spirit in my heart reminds me that I am not my own. It isn’t up to me to choose forgiveness. Forgiveness is my birth right.

Forgiveness is my legacy.

And, it is my duty. This is the path I have chosen to take, and because I have been redeemed, I have no right to harbor resentment against another.

Because of this choice and this path, I am to also be an example to others, in all I say and do. {Unfortunately, I fail miserably at this every. single. day.}

My children are watching. Our youth are watching. Many people are watching. Waiting. Seeing what I do.

The example of forgiveness can reach further than you may ever know. It’s kind of like that movie, Pay it Forward… many people were touched by one simple deed.

Many can be touched by one act of forgiveness.

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  1. My mom and I were just talking about forgiveness yesterday. We were discussing how so many people don’t realize that unforgiveness actually keeps them bound. When we harbor unforgiveness, many times it affects us more than the individual that has wronged us. That means, we hurt ourselves by not forgiving others.

    By forgiving others, we release any resentment that is pent up inside making us miserable, and this allows God to give us peace about our situation. That’s when people are able to see in us the power of true forgiveness.
    .-= Amanda @ Mommy’s Idea Book´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday (2/15 – 2/21) =-.

    • Amy Norton says:

      Thank you for your insight, Amanda. What a great way to put it: being “bound.” There really isn’t a better way to describe what unforgiveness does to us! Thank you for sharing!

      -Amy

  2. Shane says:

    Test posting to check my gravatar :)
    .-= Shane´s last blog ..Pursuing God: Is He Your Number One? =-.

  3. Forgiveness is our legacy. We forgive because we have been forgiven. Amen.

    It is also a choice. I don’t have to feel forgiving in order to forgive. I make the choice and then ask God to change my emotions and feelings. Thank you for this reminder.
    .-= Kimberly @ Raising Olives´s last blog ..Changes =-.

    • Amy Norton says:

      I don’t have to feel forgiving in order to forgive. I make the choice and then ask God to change my emotions and feelings.

      Very well-said, Kimberly. Thank you.

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