Christmas Forgiveness Series
In the Christmas season we are meant to be jolly but for some people it is anything but a jolly, happy season. For those, it is a season of sadness, loss and perhaps a disconnect from loved ones. Maybe the memories are just too painful. For my family we had a first Christmas without my father, who suddenly died of a heart attack in his early 50s, which was challenging for us. Losing him so quickly was a shock and it took many years to heal. Sadly, my mother and sister never really forgave God.
Perhaps you had shocking things happen to you that were unfair or wrong and you may wonder where God was? Why did He allow such things to occur? And why at that particular time? I wonder if at that time God was actually carrying you to get you through, to make you stronger and more understanding of others pain and struggles.
To be honest, I’m not sure why God does what He does when He allows these tragedies in our lives. But I do know that God is good and He is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28). At these times, I think about Job who went through terrible and unfair tragedies in his life. It helps to remember that at the end he came out with twice as much.
‘After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.’ Job 42:10 NKJV
I was coaching a lady some years ago who quite quickly lost her husband to cancer about halfway through our time together. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to do or say except to walk with her, because although I haven’t lost a husband, I do know the grief of loss. Later she said to me, I helped to keep her eyes looking upward. I was blessed by her words.
I believe that if we get angry at God and harbour unforgiveness towards Him, the enemy potentially grabs another person for his kingdom, rather than if we keep our eyes on Him and remain in God’s kingdom with his protection and peace.Our heavenly Father can save us from destruction and hopelessness, if we keep Him as our lifeline.
Do you have a problem with God? Is the hurt in your soul so painful that it’s too hard to look upwards? In Psalm 23 King David talks about walking through the valley of darkness and in that place, God can meet with you there to hold your heart, walk with you and heal your soul. Let Him do that, so that He can take you somewhere higher and ultimately good.
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