Hit ‘Em With The “F-Word”

For most Christians, the word “forgive” may as well be a four-letter word. But, while it’s admittedly difficult to do, successfully navigating the world we live in and protecting our emotional health requires us to learn to patiently embrace forgiveness.

The tendency, though, is to relive the injury again and again in the mind, further embedding those debilitating emotions in our hearts. In his book The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis said this: “You must make every effort to kill every taste of resentment in your own heart—every wish to humiliate or hurt him or pay him out. The difference between this situation and the one in such you are asking God’s forgiveness is this. In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s we do not accept them easily enough.”

Instead, we have to consciously practice the instructions given to us in Philippians 4:8 NLT: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” It’s amazing what this practice will do to lighten your heart and grant you a greater sense of peace.