“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” – Proverbs 24:16
A few weeks ago, fear and frustration had me over a barrel. I indulged in one of my irritated hissy fits yet again trying to figure out “why.”
Guess what? I didn’t like the answer.
Part of my “why” stemmed from my disobedience. For days, I struggled with accepting that my actions—lack of prayer, submission to God, and pride—had me in a place I didn’t want to be.
Still, I didn’t want to pray. I wanted to blame.
I didn’t want to submit to God’s plan. I wanted Him to fix things the way I wanted them done. And, I wanted things done now. No. Right now. Remember that hissy fit?
I didn’t want to state my needs. Shouldn’t the people who claim love me know what I need? Why should I have to ask for ANYthing?
Then, instead of wallowing in my emotions, I gave myself permission to forgive—me, God, and the people who offended me.
Yes. I forgave myself for my disobedience. The situation I’m upset has nothing to do with me directly. But, indirectly… whew. In my anger, I realized that my sin contributed to how I felt about everything.
Yes. I forgave God. I know he did nothing wrong. Unfortunately, the way we’re conditioned to believe about him often clouds our judgement and walk with him.
Yes. I forgave the people who offended me. For me, that’s the easy part. Hurt and disappointment have little to do with forgiveness (I’ll write about this in a later post). Forgiveness has everything to do with extending the same grace given to us by God to others.
Forgiveness also allows you to RISE up from unfortunate situations. It allows you to reflect on you so that you can be better in the end. When you mess up, or the life around you is messed up, God wants you to RISE UP.