One of the hardest things to do
My daughter's friend is moving and she is helping her to pack. This made me wonder how many of us have boxes in our lofts and garages which have been there for ages.
We never look inside but wouldn't get rid of them because they contain things, mostly memories and reminders of happy times, that we want to keep.
Someone asked me recently why I have photos of my grandchildren in my day room when I can't see them but I like to know they are there and I can remember them. There is nothing wrong with keeping things that make you happy but what if we hold on to things that are detrimental to us and to others.
Do you hang onto wrong things?
Is there someone you know, deep down, that you should forgive? Forgiveness is one of the hardest acts, particularly if you or a loved one have been hurt.
R.T. Kendall writes "When we have truly forgiven we will know the joy and freedom that naturally follows but it may be the hardest act of our lives". The Lord's Prayer says " Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us", and, of course, we also need to forgive ourselves and not be weighed down by guilt.
God forgive us
Of course, we should forgive others but God sent Jesus to forgive our sins completely and not box them up or store them away -
· Romans 5 v.8: God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
· 1 John 1 v.9. If we confess our sins to Him He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness".
· 1 Peter 3 v.18. Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.
So enjoy those boxed up happy memories and know that God forgives our sins completely when we turn to Him.
Have a good week and enjoy the freedom from tomorrow but if you are concerned that it's "too much, too soon" take your concerns to God in prayer. He will listen and give you comfort.