There is something about the words, “Forgive me.” For some these two simple words can be very difficult to say. For others, it is said so often that it almost becomes an afterthought. The thing is when these words are spoken sincerely it can radically change an entire situation. Let’s take a moment to discuss these two very important words, “Forgive me.”
Forgiveness can be looked upon as a gift that we choose to give to others and to ourselves. It is our choice to release a wrong/s when we allow ourselves to forgive. We must come to the realization we may not always hear these two simple but vital words but when we do we should appreciate it. How about taking this moment to consider any thing you may have to ask for forgiveness about and consider how you will face the wrong and make it right. A sincere apology can diffuse an incredible storm. It can stop an offense. It can bring peace.
We also must become more aware of how often we may be using these words frivolously.
We may be causing offensives left and right and appear as if we are making lightly of our actions when we say, “Forgive me,” as an afterthought. Of course, we should not take it lightly when someone asks for forgiveness but the one causing an offense needs to become more aware of their actions especially if they are a repeat offender. For the most part, these words can become meaningless when these things are occurring so often and we need to take responsibility for our own actions in order to be believable. When asking for forgiveness, we choose if we will change our actions and we choose why we are asking for forgiveness as well.
When considering the thought of asking for forgiveness, do you get annoyed, cringe, fear or feel it unnecessary? As Christians, it is important that we take responsibility for our wrongs and try our best to make things right. If we are bothered by the thought of saying these two words, then it is time to examine our hearts. It also may be time to recognize that pride is getting in the way of us seeing our own wrongdoing. Of course, there are situations that may be beyond our control. Also, there may be people who are overly sensitive and perhaps took something wrong that was not intended in that manner. Let’s just become more aware of how much can change when we ask for forgiveness sincerely and when someone is asking us to forgive them too. Two wrongs will not make anything right. Laying aside pride and walking in love is a daily choice we each make.
Perhaps, you have to go to someone today and ask them to forgive you. Although, you may also feel wronged you sense in your heart that you just want to make sure you try to make things right to have peace in your heart. What is important to remember is doing your part to walk in forgiveness sets you free. You have to be able to forgive yourself along with forgiving others to be set free. I encourage you do not hesitate to make it attempt to make it right. Remember to let it be well with you, if the person does not forgive you after you have asked sincerely for forgiveness. They may need time or there hearts just may be really hardened. Leave them in God’s hands. You did your part when you have asked for sincere forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is the start of getting things right.
Let me hear from your stories. How has forgiveness affected you? Did you ever have a hard time asking for forgiveness? Are you able to recognize when you have caused an offense? If so, did you get it right? How do you handle being offended? Are you able to forgive when you are asked for it? Your stories help others so let me hear from you. Let’s take a moment together.
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