A Tack of Forgiveness
I remember as children my twin sister and I would wake up early in the morning and put tacks on the stairs. We would strategically place the tacks with the sharp points facing up where we thought someone would step on them. Then we would each hide on either side of the stairwell and watch as our groggy mother stepped on a tack, scream out in pain and try to take the tack out of her foot while trying to not fall down the stairs.
My twin and I would cover our mouths to try and stifle our mischievous laughs. We were horrible! I still can’t believe we used to do that! We didn’t fully realize at such a young age that hurting people was wrong. Years later we remembered our horrifying deed and asked for our mother’s forgiveness. I think back to this every time someone hurts me.
Many people hurt others; and for any number of reasons, they don’t really comprehend that what they are doing is wrong. Hurting people hurt people, but healed people can help heal others through love and forgiveness. When someone hurts us, at some point we are going to have to let go of the pain and give it to God. If we are to go from hurt to healed, we need to forgive.
“To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
– Acts 26.18 (NIV)
“Father, please forgive me for any sins that I have committed without fully understanding of the repercussions. If possible, help me to ask forgiveness from those that I have hurt. Also, help me to forgive those who have hurt me.”