They don't deserve forgiveness. They hurt me. I tried to forgive, but I can't get past it.
If we can't get past it, we haven't really forgiven. That's a hard truth to swallow, but a truth nonetheless.
I've often said that unforgiveness is like ingesting a toxic poison, then waiting for someone else (the person whom you are not forgiving) to die.
But instead, that poison courses through our veins, not theirs, and keeps us from really experiencing God's grace, goodness, joy... and peace. Unforgiveness ushers in an onslaught of its own stress.
Sometimes it helps to write out our feelings - a letter to our transgressor - just to get those emotions off our chest and release them from our mind. In private writing, we can vent all of our feelings and pent up emotions, and say everything we want to say, without causing damage to someone else's heart.
But instead of giving the letter to our transgressor, we give it to God, and surrender those hurts over to Him.
Then we crumple up those words into a paper ball, and toss them into the trash where they belong, so that God can replace them with love and the divine ability to forgive.
Just a simple exercise, which can often bring release, freedom and peace.
So today's giveaway offers a tool for letting go of the hurt, and letting God fill the gaps, so that your heart can be cleansed of the poison that might be taking more of a toll on you than you realize.
Of course, these notecards can be used for sweet love letters and notes of encouragement too. And you can definitely put those in the mail.
A signed copy of Stressed-Less Living
A green and pink Paisley set of 20 notecards and envelopes, tied up with a pretty pink ribbon
A spa Pouf
How to enter to win:
Isn't it always a great feeling to share one of God's truths that could change a life? :)
Forward the Day 7 Stress Detox article, that you received in email today, to a friend or group of friends in your contacts list.
For me to know who has entered: You can either copy me on your forwarded email, or come back and leave a blog comment stating how many people you forwarded the email to.
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(I will NEVER reply or send to any emails, this is only to keep track of giveaway entries!)
* If you are not receiving the stress detox emails this go round, then feel free to forward your friend(s) today's blog post, or the below link to one of my past blog post which focuses on this hard subject of forgiveness. Then copy me, or hop back over and leave your comment about who you shared with!