“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”
-Colossians 3:12-14 (The Message)
For the past two weeks, I have been constantly getting the message of “forgiveness”. What is forgiveness? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is: (A) to give up resentment of or claim to requital for, or: (B) to grant relief from payment of. You may think, by looking at both these definitions, that they have nothing to do with each other. Yet, I am here to say that it is merely the opposite. When you have resentment towards someone and are unforgiving towards them, most of the time, the reasoning is that the opposing person has done you wrong. They have done so much wrong to you, that you have hatred and a grudge towards them that is blocking you from even communicating to them. You are like this, because you are waiting for a payment. “What? What are you even talking about, Kat?” I am saying that you are waiting for that person to give you something for causing you to despise them in such a horrid way. You want a payment. You want an apology. You want a sign that they strongly feel guilty about what they did and would do anything to gain that relationship that they once had with you back. I am here to say, that the apology you are waiting for may never come. You may be lying in your death bed waiting for that apology and it will never escape their lips. “So what am I to do? I can’t just let it go. They really hurt me.” If you are this kind of person, you are going to completely want to renew and change your train of thought. I know I still have to do this, and am slowly being revealed to it, but you must give it up, and let it go. (Elsa had some good words of advice) Stop waiting for that payment that will never show up at your doorstep, and surrender it all to God. If Jesus could forgive you faster than the speed of light, you can also. We are to walk as living representations of Christ with everything that we do, and if we have to forgive Jimmy for taking our lunch money in Ms. Clark’s kindergarten class, so be it. We are new creations meant to live in love and not hate. So lay it down, all of it, at the foot of the cross and continue onward in this new life of love.