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Nobody likes to talk about their sin(s). And who doesn’t appreciate forgiveness? But nobody like consequences.
The hard part of sin is the consequence(s). As a Christian, when I sin and I confess that sin, I am forgiven. But that doesn’t remove the consequences. And that’s the hurtful part.
Consequences ripple out into areas of your life you never thought would be touched. Little reminders of bad choices. Man, if you could only go back. That’s the hard part.
Walking out FORGIVENESS requires you to accept the consequences, fix, restore, and then let go.
Not that letting go means you don’t care or you haven’t learned from it. It just means you are walking out forgiveness or receiving that forgiveness. I am forgiven! I forgive!
Daily you are in the practice of walking out forgiveness. You don’t pick up the axe of bitterness.
If practiced enough, forgiveness lets the past become the past, and you continue to move forward.
- God, help us to give and receive FORGIVENESS. Help us make forgiveness a daily event till what happened is a distant memory and the hurt or regret we feel so intensely is gone. AMEN
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Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.
One Comment on “Sin, Forgiveness, Consequences”
Forgiveness unburdens the heart, liberates. It’s a hard lesson, though, how to forgive someone who doesn’t care they’ve been forgiven – but so necessary to learn to live without the, “I’m sorry.” That’s a lesson that has helped me to better ask for forgiveness.