Welcome, friends, for today's edition of Break the Tape. Essentially, our goal is to identify the lies that repeat themselves over and over again in our minds, break the tape that automatically begins plays when ever we feel we've fallen short, and learn a new song to sing in its place.
Meet Cooking Up Faith. Those three words are just the beginning of this sweet woman's blog. Her heart has such far-reaching depths and you can tell from the moment your eyes meet her corner of the blogosphere. She chooses her words wisely and they penetrate my heart almost every time I read them. She is also the founder of A Meal in the Mail ministry, so be sure to jump over there to see how you can help.
The pain which comes from not forgiving someone is often worse than the pain caused by that someone in the first place.
When we have unforgiveness in our heart, our mind dissects every little detail about that other person. What they did, why they did it, how they should be punished. The bondage of these thoughts is endless. And that's just what unforgiveness is...
Bondage of a broken record that keeps playing the tape of the other person's actions over and over and over.
So how do we forgive someone who has hurt us so deeply, and worse, continues to do so?
How do we break the tape of unforgiveness and be free to sing a new song?
Maybe you have already figured it out. It took me many, many years. And I didn't actually figure anything out. The Lord showed me after I begged Him to tell me how to handle this person in my life.
And here it is. The Word, the Truth, the Scripture which broke that tape...
For God has accepted them to be his children. They are God's servants, not yours. They are responsible to him, not to you. Let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. And God is able to make them do as they should.
Romans 14: 4 (LBE)
Simply put, this person, their actions, their choices are not my responsibility. They do not belong to me.
They are God's responsibility, and He will handle that person and their choices accordingly.
My tape is broken and the song I sing now is full of peace.
I pray the same is true for you.