Three years ago, a friend
said something to me that hurt very deeply. I was
speechless. I could not believe she could say
that and mean it. When I had no response, she
said, "I love you and don't want to see you
hurt." My thought was, 'if you love me, how
could you say such a terrible thing about someone
I love dearly'. But I was still speechless and
just couldn't respond.
weeks passed and it still bothered me. I prayed
about it a lot and I thought I had forgiven her,
but I couldn't forget. Weeks and months went by.
I didn't dwell on this, but occasionally after my
prayers at bedtime, I would tlhink about it and
couldn't seem to clear this from my thoughts.
Therefore, I would have a restless night.
years passed and I began to doubt that I had
forgiven her. I decided I would talk to her about
it and tell her how much her words had hurt.
Before I could talk to her, I wanted to think
about what I would say that wouldn't hurt her. (I'm
not really sure she would even remember what she
had said to me.)
about this and asked God to give me the right
words to say. After four days of praying about
this, I began thinking God wasn't listening to me.
Then suddenly it became clear. God had heard and
had answered my prayers. The answer was to say
NOTHING. JUST FORGIVE. I did -- and a sense of
peace came to me. I have had no more restless
nights over this.
do and say things at time that hurt someone. We
need forgiveness and we need to be able to
forgive. Let us all pray for those who hurt us
and ask God to give us the Grace to forgive them.
Forgiving them gives us relief from our hurt.
When we can truly forgive, it allows healing to
take place in our spiritual lives.
knows He has to forgive us a lot.
- WRITTEN BY ROBBIE JO -
This inspirational piece was submitted to me by
my mom in the hopes it will help someone who is
having trouble forgiving. Thanks mom and God
GOD'S LITTLE ACRE
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