A few weeks ago, I missed an enormous opportunity! At the market, I spotted someone from my past shopping wa-a-ay across the store. I almost didn’t recognize them because I hadn’t seen them for so long. Then –before they could see me – I went the other direction.
I had everything I came for, so it was okay, right? Before you answer, let me give you a little history.
This person is not a “bad” person, but several years ago they caused some intense emotional pain to my child. I though I had forgiven the offense(s), but seeing them revealed that I hadn’t completely wiped that slate clean. For a mom, it’s difficult to forgive someone that hurts your child. Difficult, but commanded – check out Colossians 3:13.
Forgiveness is like a cleansing “bath” to our souls. It washes away the slime and grime of offense and allows us to walk in guilt-free liberty. Did you know we need this freedom to walk in right standing with the Lord? If we don’t forgive others, we can’t be forgiven (Luke 6:37)
My actions at the market hinted that I must examine myself to make sure I’m free of the weight of that ancient offense. I don’t want to carry that burden around for the next fifty years! That’s ridiculous, and worse, that’s sin!
You know what else is strange? I had not even thought about that person in years. It’s amazing that I felt that little “poke” in my spirit when I saw them. The Bible says the heart is deceitfully wicked – who can know it? It’s wild, but sometimes, even we don’t know what’s gestating in our own hearts! We must examine our hearts regularly and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in us.
So, as I work on “Teri”; I’ll pray for healing of that wound. I’ll pray that God allows me an opportunity to see that person again to ensure they know I love them and forgive them just as Christ has forgiven me countless times. I’ll pray for the power to walk even as Christ walked on this earth so that I may be a true, authentic, real Godsy Girl – inside out! Will you join me?