In Others’ Words: And Forgive Us Our Brokenness
I find myself embracing brokenness more and more.
And I also find myself grasping to understand forgiveness … truly comprehend forgiving others. Forgiving myself.
The ironic thing is that for so long I aimed for perfection. And I failed. No surprise there, I know.
And I thought forgiveness was as easy as hearing someone say “I’m sorry” and saying, “I forgive you.”
And yet, I found myself confronting unforgiveness … bitterness … time and again.
Reality is … brokenness is the way of folks. And in our brokenness, we harm each other.
But forgiveness? True, life-changing forgiveness is not the way of folks.
Forgiveness is the way of God.
One day I grappled with someone who had wounded me over and over again by his words. His actions. I finally hit my knees beside my bed and told God, flat out, “I can’t forgive him.”
You know what God said?
“I know you can’t. But I can.”
That man who had hurt me? He was broken. And me? I was too broken to forgive him.
But I took my brokenness to God and I asked him to show me how. One thing I learned? Forgiveness isn’t always a one-time and done act. The only way to live peacefully is to forgive everyone constantly.
After all, isn’t constant forgiveness God’s way?
In Your Words: What has God taught you about brokenness? What has God taught you about forgiveness? How would you end this sentence: The only way to live peacefully is to ____________________________________?
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