How to forgive...

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Cattledogz, May 9, 2006.

  1. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

    I had a very trying day today and was still pretty stressed when I got home a little while ago. I sat down and opened my email program and the first email I actually read contained the "How to forgive" message below. The further I read the more a calmer peace replaced the tension and stress I have carried all day. I felt it was worth sharing and believe it is something we all struggle with during our lives. God talks to us in many ways, we just need to remember to take the time to listen and turn things over to Him.

    How to Forgive​
    One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

    His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.

    He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.

    Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there. And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:

    "Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed. Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don't know how. It is not fair Lord. I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive. As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive. My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do - Teach me To Forgive."

    As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt.

    He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground. He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

    He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sun k into His head. Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

    "Have you ever told a lie?" He asked?
    The man answered - "yes, Lord."

    "Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?"
    The man answered - " yes. Lord." And the man sobbed more and more.

    "Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?" Jesus asked?
    And the man answered - "yes, Lord."

    "Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain? "
    The man, crying now, answered - "yes, Lord."

    As Jesus asked many more times, "Have you ever"? The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer - "yes, Lord."

    Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

    Jesus said, "I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you."

    It may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is. Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.

    If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.
    Lord I love You and I need You, come into my heart, today. For without You I can do nothing.
  2. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Barb, that is an awesome, and awe inspiring post!!!

    Thank you

  3. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

    Fairbury, Illin
    That is great. Amen
  4. redneckdrum

    redneckdrum New Member

    That was alright Barb.Almost wants to make a person examine him/herself.
  5. MRR

    MRR New Member

    that Was One Great Post Barb.really Made Me Stop And Think. Thanks Again And God Bless You For The Ought To Get A Rep For That For Making People Think.
  6. beeheck

    beeheck New Member

    Iowa / Missouri
    Thanks, is about all I can say.
  7. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

    Great post, Barb! Thanks for sharing it. I'm sorta like the Sunday school teacher, Willie Nelson says in his song, "Forgiving you was easy,forgetting seems to take the longest time." I feel I am a forgiving person, but then am I really if I can't forget it? I still don't know. :crazy:
  8. ar_confederate

    ar_confederate New Member

    Minden, Lo
    Thank you for sharing that message.

    TNVOLCAT New Member

    Barb, thank you for sharing, you just don't know how much I needed that!
  10. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

    That is the way I felt yesterday when I came home, before sitting down at the computer. Needless to say I took it as a very humbling message that I needed.
    As I said, God does talk to us in many ways. We just need to listen. :)