Good morning people who release the past
(By David McCracken)
Today, let’s continue talking about how our woundedness can become redemptive in the lives of others.
Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Decades ago Margaret and I went through the betrayal of a close friend which brought devastation into our lives and ministry. The pain went deep and was compounded because he, and many others, could not see that he had done anything wrong.
Was I deeply wounded? Yes! But I took it to the cross and allowed the healing power of God’s love to be applied.
In such situations, the heart cries out for justice, for truth to be seen, for the individual to come to repentance. You reason that if they would only acknowledge their wrong, you could then forgive them and move on.
But, my friends, that sometimes never happens. They never see it. That then leaves you with the choice: to waste years in waiting, or to unconditionally forgive regardless of their attitude.
I am so very grateful that Father’s love led us to that choice. And He can lead you there also if you will trust Him. He will empower you to do what the human heart, on its own, cannot do…unconditionally forgive and release that person. You then are free to pursue and embrace a new future of potential.
That is my prayer for you.
I rejoice in God’s redemptive grace.
(Today’s BIY written by David McCracken)