The Next Chapter
Misdirected. Misconstrued. Misaligned. Misunderstood. These are the tools of the enemy. Anger and frustration and spite and angst and...(I could go on and on, but you get the idea), these are the things can hold us captive. We can speak, think, and walk in the hurt and negativity until we miss out on what is good and joyful and wonderful in the world. The devil wants to twist things, just a little. Just enough that what we saw, what we felt, what we heard and what we received are completely different than what was intended. Yes, what happened to us yesterday might have been horrific. It might have been traumatic. It might have simply gotten our dander up and messed with our joy. What ever it was, the hurt, the misunderstanding, or the misdirected event that is holding us back, is holding us back. Holding onto the hurts of yesterday are now hurting no one but us. Ephesians 4:31 MSG "...Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you." Forgiveness is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal. God asks us to forgive freely, easily and without record. Forgiveness is about what we do, not about what the person we are forgiving does (or doesn't do). Forgiveness is a decision. The person we are forgiving may not ever change because of it, and truthfully, they may not even be aware that we were ever conflicted, but that doesn't change God's desire that we forgive. Our lives are like chapters in a book. Some chapters are longer and some are shorter. Forgiveness can be a single page, that single page that moves us forward into the next chapter of our lives. Forgiveness changes everything.