Forgiven to Forgive
By, Susan Sage
There once was this great commercial on television. Who knows what product it advertised but it’s humor hit me every time I watched it. This animated little boy throws a snowball. It hits the ground and begins rolling down the hill. Assuming what would happen, I still couldn’t take my eyes off of it. The snowball takes out a tree and picks up speed, growing larger with each roll. Somehow, it goes airborne and jostles down another embankment gaining ground as it flies through the air causing animals and humans to run, terror etched on their faces.
That picture aptly describes a misunderstanding I thought I had dealt with. How in the world did this go so far?
I didn’t mean to hurt her. It really was innocent enough. Yet, somehow it had grown comparably to the snowball.
I’m not even sure how it started. Mind you, it doesn’t matter. I’d hurt her. Here’s the thing though, I asked for forgiveness and she said she gave it. How, then, did other people find out?
So I asked. I didn’t ask her. It seemed that she was avoiding me. I asked a mutual close friend.
The proverbial bomb went off. She was sharing it in her Bible study as a prayer request.
The questions flew: how many people knew? How much did she tell? How many people would I have to ask for forgiveness? Could I show my face again?
Now, I’m telling you, I was not innocent. I started it by hurting her, but, how, oh how, could she have done this especially after saying she forgave me?
I’ve known hurt in my life. I’ve faced betrayal. I’ve experienced rejection. But this was deeper. I felt the weight of a leaded ball attach itself to my heart and pull it into a pit. How was I going to deal with this?
Meet the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
She is currently working on revising her website, which should be up in the next few months.
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A special thank you to Susan Sage for sharing this Sunday inspiration with us. Forgiveness is such an important part of being human...forgiving others, forgiving ourselves, and accepting God's forgiveness.