Words like “I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget” tend to permeate throughout modern Hollywood productions. This mindset has led many to adopt similar attitudes, especially toward those who have broken or crushed their heart. When forgiveness is absent, nastiness within the human soul rears its ugly head. As a result, bitterness, divorce and hatred have taken center stage in America.
Unless you hear or read it for yourself, Romans 10:17, memories quickly forget the presence of a forgiving God. Although sin does not go unpunished, Psalm 99:8 provides water for a thirsty soul seeking to shed spirits of guilt, remorse and shame. Tattered and weary individuals are crying out for a fresh start, hoping for a clean slate, erasing the pain of the past, Psalm 103:11-12.
Often, the only person standing in the way of forgiveness is yourself. Speaking from experience, beating yourself up internally only benefits the devil who wants to keep you distracted, Matthew 6:15. Therefore, remember the compassion of the Lord, spreading the great news of a forgiving God, Lamentations 3:17-23. Once you accept this truth, hope will plant a seed of belief which can provide a spiritual root system to carry you through the storms of life!
by Jay Mankus