Pack Light

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In the next month, I have the privilege of flying to Las Vegas, Orlando and Puerta Vallarta.  Being the OCD-list maker-packing professional that I am, I have already begun my list of what I will need to pack.  I will be going the carry-on route for these trips, so I am trying to pack as efficiently (and light) as I can.  The lighter I pack, the easier it will be navigating through the airport and less money I have to spend on those crazy baggage fees

It is amazing that we work so hard to lighten our load when traveling, but we want to hang on to our “baggage” as long as possible.  We keep filling our suitcase with unforgiveness and bitterness, willing to add more bags if necessary.  The weight that we carry and the cost we have to pay is way too high.

When we can’t or won’t forgive, we are packing our suitcase with items too heavy to carry.  We become so laden down with unforgiveness and bitterness that we can’t run the race to win, we can barely walk through our day.

Forgiveness is not:

  • Saying the offense is ok
  • Proceeding without boundaries
  • Instantaneous
  • For the benefit of the offender
  • Only given when an apology has been offered

Forgiveness is:

  • A choice of obedience
  • A process
  • For your benefit
  • Sometimes given even when the offender hasn’t apologized

Jesus tells us we are to forgive 70 x 7.  Sometimes that doesn’t mean 490 offenses, it means forgiving someone 490 times for one offense that The Enemy wants to use to keep us carrying the baggage of bitterness.  When Jesus died for our sins, he died to cover sins we hadn’t even committed yet, therefore hadn’t pleaded for forgiveness.

Jesus set the perfect example of forgiveness through obedience.

Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it is necessary and worth it.  Lighten your load and become free of the excess baggage that weighs you down and keeps you from fully enjoying the freedom that can be found in Christ.

Choosing to Forgive,

Lisa

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One Comment

  1. Shelly
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Practicing this daily by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thanks, Lisa!

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