Remove the Heavy Boulder with David Frey

Although forgiveness is a vital component of your faith, it’s not always easy to forgive those who have hurt you, especially when the wounds run deep. David Frey of Sidewalk Prophets says, “True forgiveness is giving it to the Lord,” David said. “It doesn’t mean you ever forget it. It always comes back in one way or another, but when true forgiveness is there, you can talk about it and help others through it. You can just find that freedom.”

Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

– Colossians 3:13 TLB

David gives a great word picture when he said, “Unforgiveness is a huge boulder sitting in your heart. As long as it sits there, you can never truly be free.”

The weight of unforgiveness can prevent you from experiencing the fullness of God’s love and grace. It can hinder your spiritual growth and create bitterness in your heart. That’s why the Bible instructs us to forgive others as the Lord has forgiven us (Colossians 3:13).

When you forgive, you’re entrusting it to God and choosing to move forward.

Forgiveness may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can choose to let go of the hurt and anger and release the offender from the debt they owe you. When you forgive, you’re not excusing the offense or forgetting what happened. Instead, you’re entrusting it to God and choosing to move forward with His peace and grace.

Jesus practiced forgiveness and taught us to forgive not seven times, but 77 times (Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is an ongoing process, and it requires a daily surrender to God’s will. As you choose to forgive, it will give you the freedom and joy that comes from a heart released from the weight of unforgiveness.

Today’s One Thing

Think of someone you need to forgive and make a deliberate choice to release them from their debt. Write down a prayer of forgiveness, asking God to help you let go of the hurt and bitterness and to fill your heart with His love and peace.

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