Daily Delight

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

He told me I was unloveable, he said that I was useless. He stole from me, he hurt me. All of my dreams hit a brick wall when he left me for another life, a life without me. Longing to be loved by him, longing to be known, I felt abandoned, rejected and betrayed. My questions in the form of tears, asking God why. In order for me to completely move forward into healing, I had to do something I never thought I could do... Forgive.

In life, if every offense, hurt and injustice were represented by a brick, each one symbolic of the unforgiveness we carry, how many bricks would be standing in our way? Layer upon layer the bricks pile up, stacked and staggered to increase stability in strength. How strong and how high are the walls we've built? Unforgiveness changes us. The moment we choose not to forgive someone is the moment we add a brick to the proverbial wall of our lives. It's not enough to say we forgive, there's "heart" work involved. Some of our walls are so high, it blocks current and future relationships from blooming.

Broken relationships are messy, but not too messy for God.
In order for me to completely walk in the freedom God had for me, I had to forgive. I had to remove my pride and allow God to heal my broken heart. God showed me that no wall was too high for Him, no brick too heavy, no offense or hurt too ugly to break free from. He showed me it was possible to tear down bitterness, unforgiveness and rejection because Jesus made a way. He paid for it all on the Cross.

God's Word tells us to forgive as Christ first forgave us (Ephesians 4:32), and that He will wipe every tear from our eyes (Revelations 21:4) . My tears were not in vain. God caught every one. 

"Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest." -Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT) 

Whatever you're going through, it is no match for the Father's grace, mercy and healing. Ask Him for the strength to forgive your offender, or for grace from the offended. Freedom and healing begin with forgiveness and surrender. 

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About the Author

Maneesha Grace Manuel

Maneesha is a 30-something writer and encourager. She has a passionate desire and joy to serve the Lord through her writing and by loving others. Her story proves that Jesus can completely change a life and make beauty from ashes. Maneesha's hope and prayer is to empower women through God's Word. Her joy of writing sprinkled with her love for Jesus isn't just a hobby, it's something she feels called to do.

You can find Maneesha's blog here and her Instagram here. 


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