Take the High Road

One of the heaviest burdens that people carry around is an unforgiving heart. It’s a burden that will go unnoticed by many, and many will never consider the damage that they are doing to the heart by holding on to the offense.
Unforgiveness is also known as a silent killer; It’s been said that refusing to forgive is like drinking poison and waiting for the one who hurt you to die.
When we consider everything for which God has forgiven us, it’s not unreasonable for Him to expect us to forgive others, whether we feel like it or not.
Forgiveness is an act of our will and not our emotions. Our forgiveness is an answer to Christ’s call and it is not motivated by human reasoning. We may not “feel” love for the person we need to forgive, but out of our love for Christ we can extend forgiveness when we realize that doing so is an act of obedience to God.
My friend, it’s time to let it go and take the high road. It’s time to lay down the heavy burden and experience the freedom that comes with a forgiving heart.
In Colossians 3:13, the apostle Paul encourages us to, “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at crowcjo@gmail.com