There are two types of people that will read this chapter:
1. No one comes to mind that you need to forgive so you skip it. I mention this in the book, but maybe you are like me and never had any blaring issues of unforgiveness when those sermons on forgiveness would come up. I felt the same way. And then I began to see how tons of little instances where I couldn’t extend grace and instead held on to even the smallest wrongs (like someone cutting me off in traffic) had me carrying this tension in my my chest and shoulders and my heart.
Don’t let this chapter pass you by friends. Understanding grace is tough. Maybe the person you can’t forgive is yourself! Even if you think you forgive well, I talk about two aspects of forgiveness that, if not apart of our forgiving process may still leave us feeling bitter.
2. You have a lot of hurts and hearing the three hard truths isn’t something you want to hear. I totally get it. I didn’t want to hear them either. But there is freedom in this chapter. Those three hard truths I mention are plain in black and white there in the Bible. We can ignore but it only creates more tension in our hearts.
Hebrews 12:15 says “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God, that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.”
We cannot let bitterness fester. It not only has an affect on our life, but affects others as well. I think sometimes we are ok to take the bullet and bear the weight of unforgiveness when it only affects us but this verse is clear when it says “MANY become defiled.” Let’s not let our legacy be one of bitterness and unforgiveness but instead passing down transparency and love.
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