Just yesterday, I was having coffee with a friend at our favorite spot, Sola. I just returned from my trip to California and she just returned from a summer tour of Europe. I was sharing with her that I experienced one of the most powerful nights, on one particular night of my trip.
While visiting Tahoe, God told me “Don’t wait for anyone to ask you for forgiveness instead you need to initiate, starting with your family. By doing this you will walk in a new dimension. I will do things in your life that you can not imagine. I’m starting with you.”
I did not hesitate, or ask a friend, or Google it, or think about it or pray about it. I quickly obeyed. Not questioning His command or counting up how each one has actually offended me, rather I obeyed. I moved with a sense of urgency and did not give the devil a chance to stop me. It’s easy to obey God when you know His nature.
To clarify, there was no glaring offense or wrong done that I felt I needed to make right on my part. It wasn’t as if I felt convicted for any action in particular or guilty by the way I treated someone. However, as I walked up to each family member, hugged them and asked forgiveness for anything I’ve ever said or done, there was a shift. I mean it was powerful. I felt a great release and witnessed a supernatural change take place in my family. I’m still sitting here mind blown.
You see it’s difficult enough to forgive your offender or to ask for forgiveness for the hurt that you know you’ve caused. But to humble yourself and offer forgiveness when you’re the victim. When you deserve the groveling. When you’ve been wronged. It just not fair. THAT’S JESUS. THAT’S OUR LORD. His great love and mercy for us every moment of every day isn’t fair. And thank God that it’s not. Where would we be if he gave us what we deserved?
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.” –Daniel 9:9
Let us pray:
“Lord thank you for your unconditional forgiveness even though I am undeserving. Show me those that I need to initiate by asking for forgiveness. I come against fear or pride that would keep me from this. Amen.”