Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Burdens Are So Much Lighter

Romans 12:21 NIV
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

A friend of mine posted about this in her blog this morning and I was just thinking last night how much better I feel that I am not angry all the time. It used to be a way of life for me.
Angry at the man in the deli for not wearing gloves, angry at my kids for not picking up their rooms, angry at my husband for not meeting my expectations, angry at my now adult children for remembering what a crappy mother I was, when I thought I was a good mother, angry at my friend for flirting with my husband and luring him away, angry at my mother for not meeting my expectations.

That is a lot of anger and I am sure there is more to add if I think about it more BUT........
The Lord's words are in my mind and my heart now and the anger has turned to forgiveness and my load of burdens have lightened and it feels really good.
Someone said to me that just because you forgive, does not mean that you have to intelligently forget how you were hurt but when you forgive, it just becomes a faint memory stored back there in your brain.
Like my friend blogged, when someone hurts you, give them a kiss on the cheek and tell them you love them.


Dionne said...

Forgiveness is the best thing you can ever do.

Someone once said that Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sue! It's no fun living in bitterness. I've done it too.

HaloHatz said...

So true, Sue. Forgiveness sets us free.

Christie Cottage said...

Yes forgive them, but don't forget or that lesson will have to be relived until you have learned.

My husband used t tell me all them time, "Forgive, but don't forget".

Good words of advice.

Have a great day!