Forgiveness is one of those “rubber meets the road” issues of the Christian life. Our Christian life and experience can be severely stunted when we fail to adequately deal with this issue. My friend, Diane Ranker Riesen, recently wrote the following poem, which I share with her permission:
I’m trying, Lord, please help me……. my heart feels so betrayed,
The anger that was spoken; and the accusations made ~
‘Forgiveness’ is the ‘hidden’ threat that lurks within my soul;
I’ve tried to just ignore it ~ but, it swallows me up whole.
I want to be the kind of light that leads to rightful ways;
And set God’s good example by the way I live my days…..
But, ‘Forgiveness’ stays elusive; and will rarely show it’s face –
I feel I’ve let my Savior down; I’m crippled in disgrace.
I need humbled by your words, Lord …. please help destroy my pride ~
I need YOUR strength to do this; I can’t myself….. I’ve tried.
I’ll close my eyes in reverence to the One who holds my day;
In silence ~ listen closely….. to the words You have to say.
“My child, I gave MY son to you; He came to show the way ~
Remember all the mockings; and the unjust lies they’d say…
And yet, through all the pain he felt … the torture on that tree;
He still forgave His killers; so your souls could be set free.”
I opened up my eyes then….. to a feeling of rebirth!
God had offered me Forgiveness ; when I know I had no worth.
If the King of Kings could bow down and forgive one such as me ~
How can I not repay Him by “forgiving” endlessly?