When We Don’t Forgive, Who Are We Really Hurting?
We all know by now that some of the pro football players weren't standing for the National Anthem. Some teams didn't even come out onto the field till it was over and the reasons given keep changing.
Some fans are upset with the players and have gone as far as burning their jerseys and other merchandise. The owners are kind of caught in the middle and are trying to play both sides....Good luck with that.
Ratings were down and it'll be interesting to see how full the stands will be this weekend. So how will it end? I don't think it'll end well but if there is ANY chance, it'll have to start with forgiveness.
So how do we forgive? Are you wasting your time and life with unforgiveness? If you are, then my question is: How's that working out for you?
Many times we don't forgive because we are keeping score. We carry unforgiveness around with us, waiting to get even and make them pay. I've done that and all I did was waste today's time with yesterdays problem.
It's amazing, we keep it around like a pet that keeps biting us. Unforgiveness doesn't accomplish much good and usually destroys the person that's not doing the forgiving...That's you.
It's not easy and I don't claim to have the answers. You see, I like to keep unforgiveness around to keep me company when I just want to be bitter about what's going on around me. You know, someone to blame.
I've been forgiven, then I should forgive as well. Besides it gets too heavy for me to carry around all the time. If you are having a problem forgiving, here's where I like to go.
I hope it can help you too.
(via Andy Stanley]