As I was going out to water the garden today I heard a little voice reminding me that we must forgive everyone.
Even little doggies who do things like this:
Extending a forgiving heart to someone who has offended us is difficult; often it seems the least logical thing to do.
There are so many ways to justify our anger, disappointment and hurt. However, when we don't forgive others we only hurt ourselves. Our hearts are filled with darkness, our spirits feel heavy. Ultimately, it is we who suffer. (see Mark 11:25-26)
I don't believe the Lord is requiring us to be a proverbial "doormat" that people (or dogs) walk all over. We have been blessed with the ability to reason and make adjustments in our lives that help us avoid situations where we are being abused. But when offense does come, and it will, the Lord expects us to deal with it, learn from it, forgive and move forward.
I choose to feel peace and light in my life.
I hope you do to.
The Mama B