Our 'Word of the Word' Forgiveness
By LaTangela Fay
It comes from the tips of our tongues, but how do we know when it truly comes from the heart?
I’ve wrestled with my pen and pad while searching for what I felt would be the perfect article on “forgiveness.” After hundreds of crumpled sheets of paper and do-overs, I prayed a little harder and asked God to help me encourage you to let go of that burden that is weighing you down: hurt, anger, neglect, abuse, betrayal… any and all rush of emotions you are feeling because you are holding on to a disappointment that has shifted your gears.
We need the level of forgiveness that will allow us to see the lesson that was attached to that string of misfortune, the one that left us with a grief. It takes a prayerful heart and a level of spiritual maturity to reach the level of forgiveness that will allow us to find peace even in the midst of that particular storm.
Sometimes, it is easier to identify that grudge we are holding against someone else, but when was the last time you used the power of forgiveness towards yourself? There comes a time when occurrences become more familiar than not, and we find that we are drawing the same energy, patterns and results because we refuse to allow ourselves to eliminate the common denominator that very well may be holding us back: the guilt we hold against ourselves. Let it go. It is a new day and the stronghold that held you yesterday should hold less power over your life today.
Ephesians 4:31, 32:
Verse 31: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
32) “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Forgiveness is the ultimate gift. Not only to others, but to yourself … and from God to us. If our heavenly Father sees fit to render forgiveness, let us follow closer to His teachings and strive to be more like Him day by day.
Latangela Fay is an award winning radio and media personality, author, songwriter, and production director at Cumulous Media. She is also a consultant and contributor to Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine.