12 October 2008

Release and Forgive

Proverbs 19:11 (CEV)
“It's wise to be patient and show what you are like by forgiving others.”
How wonderful the peace of mind
that comes when we receive the divine
gift to release and forgive.
Oh, how good it is to live
in freedom from holding onto grudges, and anger, and hate
against people we once loved, or a best friend, or a soul mate.

It’s like being furloughed from a prison;
or seeing with a new vision.
When we are no longer bound
to this invisible force so profound
that it stands as a case
against us, keeping us from God’s mercy and grace
He’s extending to us to claim.

The practice of forgiving others is our gain.
For over us, they’ll no longer have control.
Our forgiving them breaks the hold they have on our heart, mind and soul.

When we forgive,
we are free to live.
Only then can we ask God to forgive us,
and he does. We reflect back on how life was
before and wonder why
did we hold onto all the junk and bitterness. We cry
happy tears
because for the first time, in perhaps years,
we are at peace.
I praise you, God, and thank you for this blessed gift of release
and forgive.

Ephesians 4:31-32 (New Living Translation)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

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