Free To Be You
Forgiveness is a choice, but not an option.
A ship was sailing on a night of pitch-black darkness. Suddenly, the captain noticed a bright light directly in front of him, and he knew that his ship was on a collision course with the light. He rushed to the radio and sent an urgent message, demanding that the vessel change its course ten degrees east.
A few seconds later, he received a message in return: “Cannot do it. Change your course ten degrees west.”
The captain got angry. He sent another cryptic message: “I’m a navy captain. I demand you change your course.”
He received a message back a few seconds later: “I’m a seaman second class. Cannot do it. Change your course.”
The captain was now furious. He sent one final message: “I’m a battle ship, and I’m not changing my course!”
He got a curt message in return: “I’m a light house. It’s your choice, sir.”
Many times we are like that navy captain; we can be hardheaded and stubborn. We can think of all the reasons why we’re not going to change. They have hurt me too badly. They did me too much wrong. I’m not going to forgive.
No, you must change your course. The lighthouse cannot move. It must be you who moves. When you hold on to unforgiveness, you are headed for trouble. You are on destructive path. God is saying, Change your course.
If you want to be happy, if you want to be free, you must be willing to change your course when God shows you a better way. Search your heart. When God brings issues to light, be quick to deal with them. If you’ll do your part to begin the cleanup, you’ll see God’s favor and blessing in a new way.
If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. ( Mathew 6:14-15)
A Prayer For Today: Father, I’m believing Your Word today, expecting to receive your blessing and favor in my life. I am determined to break down any walls between us, and I ask Your help in the demolition. I want nothing but open, honest communication between You and me, and I’m ready to let go of the wrongs that have been done to me. I’m willing to do what it takes to experience freshness in my relationship with You and with others.
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas A Kempis
Takeaway Truth: The lighthouse is not moving. I must change my course.