My daughter and I have had a strained relationship for about six months. I had apologized for something that I had done years ago and she needed time to process her thoughts and to forgive me. I hadn’t heard from her for those six months, but I patiently waited for her to come around. I am not a patient person by any means, but over these last couple of years, God has been rebuilding this part of my life. My daughter needed that time to mend her broken heart, and I had to give that to God. Patience did finally pay off however as I received a call from her yesterday. I broke down in tears as I saw her number on my phone. As we were talking about this in our W.H.A.T. group yesterday afternoon someone brought up that they too have a strained relationship with one of their children. This child had stolen some money and the father was waiting for him to pay the money back. They had barely spoken to each other over the last two years because of it. There are times when we need to wait for forgiveness to come to us. That waiting period could take an hour, or it could take years. When it comes to us forgiving others as a Christian however, we need to forgive quickly. Is what we quarrel over really worth losing a loved one? The Bible states that no one is perfect, no not one. We may think we are at times but are gravely mistaken. We expect God to forgive us at the snap of a finger, and He does. As humans we don’t tend to forgive as easily, we want to use it as leverage, telling others that we will forgive them so long as they do something for us. Read Colossians 3:13. That is not what God wants us to do. He wants us to forgive as he forgives. “Lord, help us to find forgiveness in our hearts today. Help us to put away petty arguments and stubbornness and forgive as you forgive. Open our hearts to new growth in our walk with you. In Jesus’s name, we pray amen.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts