Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one).
My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing? It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up! Thanks!
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We forgive by faith, not by feeling. We don't have to feel it to do it.
This is a principle that we tried to teach our children. This is a principle that we tried to learn ourselves.
I remember when our kids were little. We didn't have them say "I'm sorry" when they hurt someone's feelings. We had them say "Will you forgive me?"
Because it's very easy to say "I'm sorry" but it's a lot harder to ask for forgiveness.
We say "I'm sorry" when we accidentally interrupt someone.
We say "I'm sorry" when we bump into someone.
We say "I'm sorry" when we accidentally step on someone's foot.
We say "I'm sorry" when we knock over our water at someone's house.
Should we then say the same "I'm sorry" when we hurt someone? Should we say "I'm sorry" when we devastate someone? Should we say "I'm sorry" when we drive someone to tears of grief and pain? Is sorry enough?
"I'm sorry" isn't all that hard to say. It can even be cut down to one word. "Sorry." You can even shorten it so you can say it faster: "S'ry."
But saying "Will you forgive me?" can be harder to say. It doesn't feel as natural. It's humbling.
Try it sometime when you've upset someone. Which is harder to say, "I'm sorry?" or "Will you forgive me?"
By extension we wanted our children to learn to say "I forgive you" when they were wronged.
"It's o.k." is fine for when someone steps on your foot, or accidentally bumps into you, or knocks something out of your hand. We say it all the time to family, to friends, to strangers.
But there's a time for "I forgive you." It means you hurt me, and I recognize that and I am willing to accept your apology and extend to you grace and forgiveness.
It means it cost ME something to forgive you. It means I give up my right to be bitter and angry and hold it over your head, and I am willing to move forward into forgiveness.
And sometimes, it means that I am willing to forgive you, even when you don't want it or don't believe you need it because you don't think you did anything wrong.
Sometimes, "I forgive you" is said so that I don't allow you to take me down with you. So that I don't allow you to imprison me in a fortress of hate or bitterness or anger where I am the prisoner and you hold the key.
Saying "I forgive you" opens the door for me to heal. I don't forgive you for you. I forgive you for ME.
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
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