What A Man Says
Several months ago, an apartment building collapsed in Miami, Florida. This was a devastating tragedy in which many people lost their lives, making international news. Over the following weeks and months, tremendous research and discussion went into understanding how this could happen and how a situation like this could be prevented in the future. The cause of the collapse stemmed from water that had slowly penetrated the foundation's primary support structures. Over a long period of time, this water caused deterioration of the materials, and, as the years passed, their strength gradually reduced. Suddenly, the weight of the structure exceeded the strength of the foundation and the entire building collapsed. What was so tragic was that none of this damaging change could be seen on the outside of the building. It still looked beautiful and strong to anyone who would look upon it.
As I read about this and prayed for those people who were affected, I could not help but think about how this event can give us a picture of what so often happens in our lives with regard to being hurt. As we go through life, we experience people who lie to us, cheat us, abuse us, and abandon us. The question I want to wrestle with today is what do we do with the damage that comes from these actions? Many people will push forward and try to bury the past. They will bury the pain and the hurt. Others may react in an aggressive way and try to get back at those they feel have wronged them. They will seek revenge, believing that, if they can pay back what has happened, then they may somehow find healing. Still others may look for an escape from the pain through another outlet. This may be through alcohol, sex, drugs, work, or even their hobbies. The reality is that, while these methods may help to numb the pain and even help them to put on a happy face, the true damage is still there. And, if that damage is left without correction, they will eventually collapse and find themselves in a difficult and terrible reality.
So then, how do we go about dealing with the hurt and pain that has been inflicted upon us? How can we actually repair the damage and correct the issue before we reach that point of collapse? The Word of God is crystal clear on this topic. Forgiveness. Forgiveness is what we have received from Christ, and it is forgiveness which can bring healing to our wounds. It is important to note that at the point when we were forgiven through Christ, we did not deserve it nor had we did anything to earn it. Christ chose to forgive us, and, if we desire to follow His example and we desire to fully experience the freedom and joy that comes from forgiveness, we must also be willing to extend that forgiveness to those who have wronged us as well.
Who in your life has hurt you? Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive today? I want to tell you that, just like the water which slowly eroded the foundation of the building, the longer you hold on to unforgiveness, the more damage it will do in your own life. Choose forgiveness today!