Extend Forgiveness

by Elisabeth Willard

I came across this verse a few months ago, and I’ve kept it close ever since.

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” – Proverbs 17:9

Has someone wronged you, failed you, or mistreated you lately? Or maybe some time ago, but you have yet to forgive the fault?

Proverbs offers us the perfect wisdom. Easier said than done of course, but somehow it’s still simple.

- Forgive faults = love prospers

- Dwell on it = close friends become separate

Oh how I want love to PROSPER! Don’t you?! Those relationships have suffered for too long. Let’s extend forgiveness, starting today. You have to start somewhere, why not today? Decide to be done dwelling on it… decide you are taking down the tent you have pitched in that land. It’s time to pack up, and move into a new territory – love, forgiveness, close friendship. Exactly what God designed us for. I pray God fills you with the courage to act – to be done dwelling, and to step towards forgiveness.

I will kindly remind you, forgiveness is not saying “What you did to me is okay.” Rather, forgiveness is saying “I’m extending love, grace + forgiveness, which isn’t about what you do or don’t deserve. It’s what God has graciously extended to me and ultimately, I place you in His hands.” You’ll probably have to chose it daily, every time that hurt or offense comes to mind. It’s okay though… the very definition of the word “forgiveness” is “the action or process of forgiving.” It’s a process! BUT, it’s time to begin.

Remember, you are empowered by Christ’s love, grace + forgiveness for you – and that’s what you pull from when you don’t know where or how to begin. What would love do? What would grace say? Now forgive. Let’s step into that prosperous land together! xo