“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6)
In part 1, I realized I needed to forgive a teacher in my neighborhood. God spoke to my heart. He showed me how my heart might be healed.
Here are 3 steps He showed me to forgiveness:
- Ask God to forgive us for judging others. Let go. Let God take over the outcome. Pray, “God, I give him over to You. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Jesus, in Matthew 7:2). Whisper, “Jesus, I’m sorry for judging him or her. Forgive me. I receive Your forgiveness. Thank You.”
- When unforgiving thoughts enter our minds, we can give them over to Jesus. Enter into His peace through worship. Confess a bad attitude and let Him do His good work. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Forgiveness is not a one-time event. It’s a lifestyle. When our hearts are troubled and we feel we can’t forgive, we can sit with the Holy Spirit and say, “I need Your mind. I have Your heart. Bless that man!” 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
- “Bring on, Your mindset, Jesus,” we can whisper. “Bring it on.”
Psalm 16:6 says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” I used to think that “boundaries in pleasant places” was all up to God. I used to think that He either brings us kind people or shoves difficult people at us.
But, over time, God showed me that that thinking was all wrong. He showed me that I needed to take ownership for my own attitude. I was fenced in with my own thoughts. Did I want to live with resentment and unforgiveness, or grace and kindness? The pleasantness of my place was up to me.
So I did something totally crazy. I forgave that teacher. I wrote a short note to him, to bless him and encourage him. And when I did that, I relaxed and knew that I had loved as Jesus loved. I’d forgiven as Jesus had forgiven. I felt His crinkled-eyed, smile on me, approving.
When we forgive and bless, the Holy Spirit, says “Way to go!” He releases new life within the borders of our lives. And that’s the pleasantest place of all.
Friend, what are you doing to make the space within your boundary lines one of grace?
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