I've done many things in life I'm sorry for. And for the most part, those are things I coulda, shoulda, or woulda done but didn't. Most of these were things that I may have learned with a little patience, like getting a little more education to land a better job. But lessons have been learned, and life goes on. What really causes remorse are people I've hurt, grudges I carried, those vengeful feelings toward those who hurt me. Now these things....I can't pass off with an, "oh well, thats how it goes." Unforgiveness is a load you carry to your death. Resentments destroy personal and spiritual growth. Unamended wrongs never allows sorrow from bad memories to disappear. I have to break free of these to truly live.
Jesus said this, "and when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that the Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Mark 11:25 (NIV) There is liberty in total forgiveness of suffered wrongs. Jesus also said in the next verse that if you don't forgive, you won't be forgiven. And there is total restraint in living joyously in unforgiveness. I want, I must forgive any and all. Someone may say, "well I forgive them but I'm not going to forget what they did." Dishonesty is bad too. You haven't truly forgiven if you are unwilling to not even mention the event. We all know someone that is full of resentments, anger, and bitterness, never smiling. That may be how people see you and me. But if we practice forgiveness, and pray for those poor twisted folk, our life will be so fulfilled that we may start looking deeper to find more people to forgive. Don't think that the words of Christ fit His time and not for us. 2000 years later they're even more relevant than ever. Is there anyone in your life you just can't forgive? Should everyone be forgiven that's harmed you? What about grudges or resentments, got any? Tomorrow I may continue this, God willing. If you will, hit the RSS feed at the top when you're done. God bless and keep you all. Keith