As our pastor began preaching and I realized that his topic today was on forgiveness I settled back comfortably, ready to listen but feeling like I was in pretty good shape in this area.
He talked about how forgiveness is a choice. I know that. He said it's an ongoing process. I know that. And then he said that building walls around yourself to keep others out is one sign of unforgiveness. And suddenly he was tap dancing all over my toes.
I'm very good at building walls and slamming doors shut and locking them tight. I put up the "I forgive you, it's all forgotten and now you can't reach me" wall very well. I can smile, be friendly and sweet natured and have my heart behind locked doors.
But Jesus entire ministry was based on forgiveness and tearing down walls. His ultimate goal was to build relationships and extend love to the very people whose sin was causing Him to be nailed to the cross. It was about opening doors, about freedom.
Is there risk involved with opening doors and tearing down walls? Of course there is. But there is an even bigger danger in hiding behind the supposed safety of fear inspired barricades. Because not only am I keeping something away, I am closing myself away from so many blessing that were meant for me.
If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
I'm not sure how to go about beginning to break down some walls but I know the time has come to begin. It scares me a little to even write these words but this dancing on my toes is getting a little uncomfortable.
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