Over the last two weeks several people in my life have passed away. Whether expected or suddenly, death is so very final. There are no more conversations. There are no more connections.
You never know the time that you or another will pass away. Pettiness, anger, resentment, bitterness and the like are such a waste of your time. They are a detriment to your heart (and it is always a heart issue). If you have any unsettled issues with someone, do your best, within reason, to bring resolution. If that is not possible person to person then clear your own heart and set yourself free to go forward unencumbered in your life. Pray for the other person but let it go.
Forgiveness does not always mean reconciliation. Forgiveness never means condoning poor behavior.
Forgiveness is simply letting yourself and others go free from past indiscretions or actions. Take responsibility for whatever part you may have played. It is never too late! Forgive yourself. Forgive others.
For it is written:
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
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Remember, it is always a heart issue!
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?”