Week 2 – 52 Weeks of Chic
This week we are going to create mental and spiritual space for a fabulous 2020 by practicing the beneficial but sometimes difficult art of forgiveness.
Negative cannot co-exist with positive and the heart filled with bitterness, resentment and anger cannot share space with abundance, joy and freedom.
Therefore the negative has to go.
And it goes when we choose to forgive.
This week we fully and finally forgive everyone who has ever hurt, rejected, betrayed or walked away from us.
Today we forgive all of who have disappointed us, lied to us, shunned or ignored us and anyone we still secretly harbor anger towards years later.
Today we forgive everyone we still hold a grudge against, whether it is the teacher who labeled us “not smart enough” to the high school girl who conveniently forgot to invite us to her party, the boy who stood us up or the parent who let us down.
Though it may be painful we fully forgive from past to present everyone – and we mean it – every single hurtful word or action – we forgive.
We forgive ourselves for every mistake, bad decision, sin and failure because unforgiveness keeps us from happiness or peace of mind.
We can read all the spiritual and self-help books, listen to all the sermons and podcasts and be at church every Sunday but until we forgive others and ourselves nothing will ever change.
Many a Sunday found me in the pew silently seething with anger, resentment and bitterness wondering why I wasn’t growing spiritually and always feeling weighed down with depression, envy and negativity.
It was because I refused to forgive.
I believed to forgive was approving their hurtful behavior.
I know now that is untrue.
The truth is that forgiveness brings freedom and liberates us from the soul-sucking weight of anger that keeps us from the blessings God intended.
There is no partial forgiveness as God doesn’t forgive us partially but fully and then HE FORGETS never again reminding us of our sin.
Christ makes it clear that “if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.” Matt 6:14-15
We cannot ask God to do something for us we are unwilling to do for others.
It’s simple. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
This second week of 2020 forgive.
Your year and your life will be forever changed.
Refusing to forgive results in living a miserable existence year after year, robbed of any happiness whatsoever. Been there and done that.
Forgiveness is a choice and this week I challenge you to fully and finally forgive!
Sandra Hubbard – Christian Speaker/Writer/Teacher/Life Coach
Word of the Week: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5