I recently found a blog named A Former Leader's Journey, written by a sweet lady named Barb. She wrote a great post this morning titled 'On Forgiveness.' I emailed her to thank her for her time and for her writings because she has really helped me. In her return email, she made some very helpful remarks that I want to share with you. This is what she said.....
"The most helpful thing has been to not "require" myself to "do" anything. I've really started to understand God's grace and His character. In just understanding Him and gazing at Him I have found my heart soften in so many areas. Forgiveness is naturally springing up and I'm not making it happen. My advice to anyone in our situation is to start to understand the heart of our Father. Study about grace. We will be conformed into His image. Unfortunately if the image we have of Him is warped, our lives will reflect that."
I too have been studying on God's love and grace. In the past, I had begun to wonder what the true nature of God was because of the way the men of God in my life portrayed Him. Some of the ways they talked and acted didn't seem to model His love. But studying on His love and character has made me "return to my first love" (Revelation 2:4). I will never again take my eyes off of Him and what He has done for me. I will focus on His great love for me. I really matter to Him! You really matter to Him! He really does care about us - deeply! His grace, love, and mercy are never ending toward us! I know we hear these things often, but if we take the time to really think about what it means, it will change us.
God loves us so much - He knows every hair on our head! He loves us so much - He knows our every thought! He loves us so much - He told us that we could cast ALL our cares on Him! He loves us so much - He promised He would never leave us! He loved us so much - He sent Jesus to die for us! He forgave our sins! He wrote our names in heaven! He did all of this for you and me!