I stepped into forgiveness recently. I went beyond hope and prayer and stepped into the action and appropriation of forgiveness. The activity related to the desire was more powerful than any of my intentions. I felt forgiveness when I acted in forgiveness.
It was a simple thing, really. There was somebody that I was hurt by whom I was trying to not be angry at. I was intent and sincere, but there was lingering emotion surrounding any reference that caused me to consider them. I wasn’t acting out of my anger, but it was there within me just the same. I was better than I had been but not as good as I could be.
Then there was a social media post and I simply hit “like.” It was a public support of the very person that was causing me private pain. It was amazing how good it felt to actually do forgiveness instead of consider forgiveness purely on the basis of my emotions. The choice, however small, was powerful where I had been powerless. I was no longer a victim but was now walking in the identity that is afforded me through the One that heals. Jesus in me doesn’t stay on the cross forever; He rises. He rises up and sits in glory.
“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” (Romans 8:17)
Transformation always goes through the Cross and we can’t believe for one second that our cross is without pain. The pain of our suffering, however, is not for the sake of suffering, but unto the resurrection of Him in us. We move beyond the setbacks to reach new glory. We are better from the things that are harder.
If you’ve gone through something that caused you to die on the inside and the pain of that experience continues to eat you up with hurt, anger, bitterness or other emotion, consider ways that you might be able to rise up. How do you step into forgiveness to appropriate the glory that lies beyond the suffering? Forgiveness is a choice and joy comes in the morning. Reach out and take it.