Today I went online to find some reading plans or devotionals as most would call them. I’ve been having a hard time reading my bible. One not knowing where to start, two just opening up and starting to read is ok but I can’t do that all the time. So I went looking for something to help me get started, to help encourage me to open up my Bible.
On my search I found dare2share, and an article named “forgive and forget?”. In this article they had a piece from
Let Me Tell You a Story compiled
by author and speaker Tony Campolo.
Tomas Borge was a Nicaraguan freedom fighter who led a group against a regime who sought out to destroy their country by way of utter domination. Borge was captured and tortured in a dungeon, where he was chained to a wall, castrated, and even witnessed the rape of his wife. Finally the revolution ended and Borge was released and marched through a parade as he was hailed by fellow Nicaraguans as a hero. As he marched down the streets he recognized the man who had him in chains and raped his wife. He fell out of order and ran to the crowd. Approaching this man, he grabbed him by the shoulders and began asking Him if he remembered who he was. The captor acted as if he had never seen Tomas Borge before. Borge continued talking about how he could never forget his face. Still clutching onto his shoulders, Borge screamed loudly saying,
“Now do you know what this revolution is all about? Now do you understand this revolution?”
The man responded in fear saying, “Yes! Yes!”
Tomas answered back, “No! You don’t understand what this revolution is all about!”
Then he embraced the man and shouted, “I forgive you! I forgive you! That’s what this revolution is all about!”
If this man could forgive for all that was done towards him, why do we have such a hard time forgiving others for lesser transgressions?
You know Yahushua started a revolution, not the kind that the world thinks of. Not the kind of rage and violence, but of forgiveness. The last two sentences are exactly what Yahushua started, our Heavenly Fathers heart. A revolution in the hearts of men, to forgive and be forgiven.
Not always easy, I bet that it was really hard for this man to forgive. Many people cannot forgive, but that only holds themselves in bondage.
I know people who hang onto things, thinking that by holding onto it they are punishing the other person by not letting them forget. But if that person has asked for forgiveness, then there is nothing that you can do to bring it down on their head again. All you’re doing is piling it on your own head. Because if we cannot forgive how will he forgive us?
Mat 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Mat 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25 But for as much as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Yahushua said it well.
There are also those who excuse the other person and blame themselves. It may have started between two people, but after a while, one takes it all on. And after a while can’t remember how that happened or what really happened, or they felt because they’ve convinced their mind that its all their fault.
They don’t blame others, they blame themselves, it eventually becomes worse, and worse until everything is their fault even when that could be farthest from the truth. This is a big problem and it is hard to get out of it, because no longer can the person remember what really happened, only why they blame themselves. Inside they know the truth, but they’ve suppressed it until its become a huge mumble-jumble, and almost cannot be straightened out.
And in both situations only the people themselves can deal with it. Other people can help, but it is mainly the person themselves, Yahuweh and Yahushua, and between the three of them can it really be solved.