Chains of Unforgiveness (by Jen Duffy Ruzicka)

“Put on then, Gods chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgine you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13.

My heart was broken today. I have spent every waking moment for the last three years trying to grow, heal, and become the woman that God intended me to be. I have a long way to go but, I know that I will get there in time. As tough as many people think that I am or as much as I have it all together- I’m still capable of being hurt. I’m capable of being let down by people I love. Sometimes it is those who are the closest to us that can cause us the greatest pain.

Someone very dear to Dan and I chose to spread untruths within our family. They chose to visciously try and cause friction and inflict pain. Although I know that the words spoken were not true- they still stung! I’ve said many times that our tongue is a powerful tool. It can be used to build people up or tare them down.

Our words are powerful- they define who we are, the purity of our heart, and the darkness of our soul. Proverbs 18:8 says, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down to a mans inmost parts.”

Words affect us, they affect our children, our friends, our spouses…they go down to our inner most parts like a fungus. They eat us up and spoil us!

I cannot help but feel a bit of sadness; however, I am not without sin. I cannot condemn because I, too, sin everyday! There is no sin greater than another and so I must forgive. I must pray, repent, and forgive. I’m human and the betrayal is still there- but I know that my heart is good. I know how God sees me and He has promised me good things!

Who have you been unable to forgive? Has someone sinned against you? Pray- pray for healing and repentance. Ask for God to heal your brokeness! We are only truely free once we escape the chains of bondage. Unforgiveness binds our hearts, minds, and our spiritual growth!

Love to all- Jen

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