When I first ran across this quote, I was immediately drawn to it because of who said it —– Ruth Bell Graham.  Probably because of my mom, do I have a continued interest in the wife of Billy Graham.  I think my mom has read every thing Ruth Graham wrote, and of course Mom shared much of what she read with me.   Billy and Ruth Graham, two names that I grew up with.  {I even had thoughts that I might have been named after the famous gospel singer of the Graham evangelist team, George Beverly Shea!}   But I digress . . .

Two beautiful marriages —- Billy and Ruth Graham and my parents [who will celebrate 63 years of marriage December 2nd].  And I also want to pass  on such a legacy to my children.  I can’t go back in time and change history, but I can take the present and make a change for future history.  Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past.

Forgiveness is freedom.  Learning to forgive, to really forgive, is not just saying the words, “I’m sorry” and the matter is settled.  To forgive is something you must decide to do, it is an action.  “It’s a decision to give up your perceived or actual right to get even with, or hold in debt, someone who has wronged you . . .“[Savanna McCain].  It means we abandon our feelings of hurt, or pain, or grief to maintain our oneness.  

And what better model of true forgiveness do we have ——
bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another;  even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Colossians 3: 13 [NKJV]

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

One response to “forgiveness

  • Janelle T

    I’ve had the opportunity to forgive in my marriage, and be forgiven in my marriage, and it blessed me in ways I didn’t think it could, or would. Surprisingly, it came much easier than I thought it would, too. When you love with the heart of Jesus, you tend to see people through His forgiving eyes.


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