And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
One of the seemingly magic steps in the Christian life is in the area of forgiveness. Depressions lift when the bricks of unforgiveness are thrown out of the “grudge backpacks” we all seem to carry around.
Two of the questions we often ask are “Whom are you blaming?” and “Toward whom are you feeling bitter?” Blaming others or ourselves for our unhappiness puts us in a paralyzing position. We must see blame as a form of unforgiveness. Let’s determine to throw away the “blame bricks” from our grudge backpack.
Bitterness is another load of bricks many of us carry. Do we keep score and hold onto our hurts? If we do, we’re holding onto bitterness. The weight of “bitterness bricks” certainly keeps many of us slowed down on our life journey toward love, joy and peace. We can choose today to throw away the bricks of blaming and bitterness through forgiveness for ourselves and others.
Prayer: Lord help me to remember that I can only release bitterness and blame through continual, daily “emptying my backpack”.