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Friday, January 2, 2009

Who Do You Need To Forgive?

As we start the new year many of us focus on what we resolve to do in 2009. We resolve to shed pounds, exercise more, eat healthy, get organized and more. We know that if we do all of the things that life will then be...wonderful.

Many of us work so hard on what we will change externally that we neglect to resolve to change the one thing that can bring us to true peace..our heart. Today we begin by thinking of who we need to forgive. Maybe it is someone that has hurt you so badly that you have chosen in the past to never forgive them.Maybe it is someone that you thought you had forgiven but you are still harboring harsh feeling towards them. Maybe it is even...yourself.

As Corrie Ten Boom tells us in Tramp for the Lord.....Forgiveness is not an emotion...Forgiveness is an act of will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

What an example of allowing God to work through you Corrie is.. Who do you need to forgive today? I can't forgive you say...then ASK..God to help you..He knows that we need His divine intervention to achieve this at times,that is where the act of will comes in..You must want to forgive, you must will to ask. There is no true peace without forgiveness. How badly to want to be at peace?

Let me know what you are thinking...I am always here to listen.


  1. Hey Susan,
    It is just so neat that you are doing this. You have so much to offer. Your picture is beautiful!
    During the holidays I read Immaculee Ilibagiza's book, she survied the Rwandan genocide. It is a profoud book about forgiveness, a testimony to what God has for us when we live His will. True forgiveness is the only path to peace, in the smallest corners of our hearts or in the world.
    Love ya! Carol

  2. "it is an act of will" and one that you cannot do once and be done with I've noticed. Forgiving my parents for not loving me and my children the way I want them to has been my journey over the last year, and its been a tough one. Yesterday, long after I thought I was "done" with it I realized I wasn't. Sigh. So God is still working it out in me.

    Great topic Susan!

  3. You are already off to such a great start. Good luck in this blogging adventure, Susan. LOVE your thought provoking posts.

  4. Funny! I was just thinking about this the other day with all that I go through emotionally with the three friends that I got dumped by. It took me a while to realize that still feeling hurt and angry about it didn't mean that I couldn't forgive them. It's very liberating to know that I can still feel pain about it, and have forgiven them at the same time.

  5. Susan, love your blog so far!

    I need to forgive ... myself first. I am always blaming myself for everything that doesn't work out.

    Thanks for being such a wonderful wonderful friend! I am adding you to my blog roll on my blog!

  6. Susan so glad that you are blogging!I will be checking in you always have the 'perfect' thing to say to make us think/feel better!You are so loved Susan you are a blessing to us all!!

  7. Welcome to the blogging world, Susan! It's wonderful to see you here and your new blog looks great!