I have found through my journey as a Christian, there are a few things that must be adhered to or you will constantly be a slave to sin and death. I’ve talked about love frequently but forgiveness is just as important. They are tandem in fact. In my book I Am Ocilla, it is the key to Ocilla’s quest.  The lack of it holds her hostage.

But it is your choice to forgive. Just as it was Jesus’s choice to die on the cross and defeat death for our sake. An ultimate example of agape love is forgiveness.

Forgive– to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)

Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Mary watched her son Jesus being murdered. Yet she had to forgive. The Apostles watched their friend, brother and teacher die an awful death. They had to forgive. Jesus took the burden of humanity’s sin on his shoulder’s. All sin was against the Father and Jesus begged for humanity’s forgiveness. It didn’t matter if their anger was righteous. They all had to forgive or death would hold power over them.

Luke 23:34

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

I’ve heard people say that those that forgive easily must have much to be forgiven. I agree with that. We are all guilty of sin. I’ve heard others say that it is foolish to forgive so readily. I do not agree with that.

When I consider all these things, I know I am selfish for ever holding a grudge. I know I am allowing anger and resentment to rule over my life, death to stranglehold life. And that simply will not do. I must forgive always for I have much to be forgiven.

And if not for any other reason…

Peace, love and God’s will.

About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

11 comments on “LOVE AND FORGIVENESS

  1. My dearest youngest daughter,

    Thank God for his wisdom and love. I am a very proud mother just to know that you have learned this lesson so well and so early in life. Some go their whole life without ever coming to that realization. THANK YOU JESUS!

  2. You always, with every prose, bring a scripture to my mind. Heard a sermon on this one time. The Pastor used this scripture saying “from everyone who has been much FORGIVEN, much will be demanded…” It was a good take on what you are saying. Those of us that have had to be forgiven so much God had to do it in layers. If He would have shown me all of my sins at one time, I would have been a puddle on the floor like in the Wizard Of Oz….”I’m melting….melting…..” Instead the Holy Spirit would bring things to my mind and say “it is time to get rid of this one…” I think the hardest person to forgive was myself. Now, I try to stay cleansed before the Lord daily. Not entertain the thought of unforgiveness. It is so helpful to know that forgiveness doesn’t mean that I have to offer that verbally because the other person might not even be on the same page with me at all. I just go to prayer and tell the Lord and just trust Him in their lives. Without rain we would not grow,eh?

    Luke 12:48

    From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

  3. I always love your photos and add ons, Lady Di! You have taught me your style and that is how I do it on our site. I love visual reinforcement. Thank you my teacher, my mentor, my friend…love you! I especially love the woman touching the hem photo…very profound.

  4. HA! The post was great, very profound, but the picture was priceless!

  5. I agree that it is hard to forgive ourselves. I do believe that it is required, though. Without forgiving ourselves, we do not let go and allow ourselves to be cleansed by Him.

    • Yep! If we cannot forgive ourselves, we challenge the sovereignty of God and the power of Jesus’s sacrifice.

    • My dearest oldest daughter,

      I am so very proud of both my daughters for their realization of the truth . With God’s help, we shall all meet on the other side!

  6. Forgiveness is indeed important. And, sometimes it is very difficult, especially if the wrong done to you keeps on giving and giving. Or, if it hurts one of your chicks. Or all of them. Something triggers those memories, and it all comes back with a vengeance. Not because you won’t let it go, but because somehow it won’t let go of you.

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