Monday, February 24, 2014

Release it!

DAILY: Have you ever seen a dog that loves to run and enjoy freedom, have a chair around his neck that jerks him back into reality as he tries to run free? Well, bitterness is like a chain around the neck of your potential; choking the life out of your freedom and joy, and making even the sweet taste of success turn sour in your mouth. Maybe you’ve been hurt, and you’re saying, “I’ll never forgive them unless they admit what they’ve done, and ask for forgiveness.” What if they never do? Why should your happiness depend on their ability to do what’s right, especially if they’re not in the habit of doing it? You’re giving them too much power! Jesus said, “the thief cometh to steal, to kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Notice, he’s a THIEF. Unforgiveness is the window through which he enters, and you are the only one who can close it. When Jesus was on the cross, He defeated His enemies by refusing to hold a grudge. He prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). Once He said those words, He moved to a different realm, and you can too! The word forgive literally means “to get it out.” It has nothing to do with the other person. It’s a decision YOU make; like expelling carbon dioxide from your body, because you know that holding on to it will only hurt you. Release it! Blessings