Not Just A Blonde

We are "Not Just" who we seem to be on this Earthly plane, but so much more. We are ALL children of a loving God who is calling us home to Love. This blog is dedicated to those of us on that journey together…

I got my list, do you have yours? I bet most of us can come up with a list of people who have done us wrong in one way or another…and just the thought of what transgressions were made or even just thinking of the guilty party that made them brings back the pain, the frustration…the feelings of loss and betrayal.

We deserved better…we would never have done that to anyone! How could they? How can anyone ever forgive THAT?! And likely the pain feels nearly as real as the day the transgression occurred…with us white knuckling our version of forgiveness. Never even trying to forget. Forgetting would be weakness and vulnerability…the chance of somehow the pain occurring again and again and again…

Many resist forgivenesses call because somehow it seems linked to condoning the transgression…or minimizing the pain their sinful act caused, and yet somehow we know that unless we embrace forgiveness we will not embrace Peace.

This is something I struggle with of course. Just when I think I’ve let my grievances go to God I come face to face with my transgressor and…BAM! I’m back in the trenches fighting for my sanity & peace of mind! And then I begin again…why am I bothering?

I bother because I want Peace, I want closeness to my Creator. On a visceral level I have begun to realize that I am the only one standing in the way of just that!

Forgiveness is what God has offered us free of charge…whenever we are willing to accept it. If He could offer it to me, how could I not try my best to offer it to others? I bother because He wants me free of the lingering resentment & pain. I bother because He promises it will be worth the choosing. I bother because He bothered about lil’ ol’ me.

❀Not Just A Blonde

(shared from my http://www.notjustablonde.com blogger site)

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8 thoughts on “Forgiveness… Why Bother?

  1. Pieter reneg8or@live.com says:

    We need to forgive, otherwise we are not forgiven. What is bound on earth is bound in heaven as well.

    But do we have to fornicate with our enemies and French-kiss them? I can forgive but also learned from Jesus to sometimes turn around and walk away. Forgiveness does not always mean building new friendships. It only means letting old ones go. This is necessary as we need to be of one mind and some people just won’t ever, so if we are yoked with the, we are yoked with contradiction, contravention and confrontation. Let sleeping dogs lie.

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    1. To me it isn’t about creating a new relationship, face time with them, meals with them or even liking them… it is about peace. When I forgive someone I can think of them with peace in my heart, I can pray for them, I can wish for them better, love them by my actions… even if not deserved. I agree, forgiveness does NOT mean I have to voluntarily spend time with them… but if stuck with them in an elevator it means I will resonate love towards them and smile.

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      1. Pieter reneg8or@live.com says:

        You got it soo right!

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  2. acuriousgal says:

    I love your quote, ” I bother because he bothered about Lil ole me”

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    1. And when I’m struggling with forgiving the object of my distain, I remind myself of just that! πŸ˜‰

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      1. acuriousgal says:

        πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  3. Well said, and the final statement really gets to the heart of the matter!

    “I bother because I want Peace, I want closeness to my Creator. On a visceral level I have begun to realize that I am the only one standing in the way of just that! Forgiveness is what God has offered us free of charge…whenever we are willing to accept it. If He could offer it to me, how could I not try my best to offer it to others? I bother because He wants me free of the lingering resentment & pain. I bother because He promises it will be worth the choosing. I bother because He bothered about lil’ ol’ me.”

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