Sometimes God is wanting to do something new, but we’re still stuck in the old. Old patterns, old ways of thinking, and even all the old tapes and scripts re-playing over and over through our heads. We listen though we don’t really want to. We soak in the lies and then try to keep moving forward, one foot in front of the other, but find ourselves stuck. And there’s no amount of nice thoughts and positivity that can get us to where we want to go. Because we never really let go.
It’s a miracle work that only God can do in our hearts, in our minds. Taking us through journeys we’d never walked before. Some things are hard to release.
And it all takes a toll, eventually. I think that’s why Jesus said it was so critical to learn true forgiveness. So that we could live truly free.
Often the most difficult time for us to forgive is when we’ve been wounded by those we trusted the most. Those in our families, our closest friends, other believers, or the church. For some reason it’s those people we feel should have been more careful. We thought they had our back, we thought they cared more. Maybe we’ve been completely blindsided. Maybe we were betrayed, lied about, or experienced deep brokenness over relationships we cared about dearly. Maybe some have even suffered through terrible abuse or have battled through great evil and darkness, just trying to find the way out to safety and sanity.
We can be assured in whatever we have faced: God sees, and He cares.
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