Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13
Heavenly Father, in 2010, my first year of leading “The Journey” You taught me a powerful lesson about forgiveness. This was the scripture that illuminated the page of my Bible on November 29, 2010:
I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. —2 Corinthians 2:5-8
On that day these verses were a sign to me that I had made it through the Phases of Forgiveness. As I read each word, I knew that was the way I felt; I no longer wanted that person who had hurt me to suffer or be overcome by discouragement. I was finally free from the hurt. I had truly forgiven.
Lord, I thought I had earned my forgiveness badge and was on to other lessons…
You must have laughed.
Unfortunately, this year I returned to forgiveness school. Thankfully, I can say that I’m about ready to graduate from this session but it has been very hard; maybe harder than the last time.
Lord, thank You for forgiving me for not wanting to forgive. Thank You for Your grace while I was in the process. Thank You for walking with me on my journey through the Phases of Forgiveness.
Thank You for never giving up on me.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18