Forgive

Recently I had an epiphany, a realization. My family has always been confused by a trait I have.  I get angry because something was done, something wasn’t done, etc.  I scold them and then I act as if nothing is wrong. It is because there is not anything wrong.  They cannot go back to the past. It is the past. It does not do me any good to dwell on it. So I said what I had to say, and left it at that. My son is having a hard time excepting the application that it is forgiveness. Perhaps it is because I was always correcting him for the same indiscretions. He did not learn from the past. Many teenagers do not learn from the past. Unfortunately, as adults, we don’t always learn from the past; it is human nature. The point is most people forgive small transgressions very easily.  Chances are if you get a bit upset with someone and do not behave very well, it is quickly forgotten, unless you make a habit out of it. That type of forgetfulness is forgiveness.  We should be very quick to forgive. It is not good for us to hold onto anger. It will damage our soul.  As I was reading in Job today, I read this concept. Job 5: 17-18: 17 “But consider the joy of those corrected by God!  Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. 18 For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.  It is the healing part that my silences misses.  You see, I forget to reach out and let my family know that despite this little problem; I still love them. I forget to say okay you did… or didn’t do… but I forgive you I still love you. With God it is evident that he still loves us. It is evident because He sent His son to die for our sins so that we can have Salvation.

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