My life is full of memories, and like the seasons, they fall short in the shadows of the branches. The earliest was being the curse of my Mom’s divorce. Sibling rivalry recounts many quarrels. Callused friends also couldn’t compromise, and we parted company before psychological differences made life not worth living. But as Jesus taught, we are under obligation to forgive others because refusing to forgive is a sin. God, alone, seeks justice.
For many, we leave adolescence and venture into the unknown as young adults with damaged hearts of childhood memoirs. We try to stay out of the direct sunlight and seek a place where the branches sway with a refreshing breeze of freedom. But even so, life is incomplete… harmonies are out of tone. We live with skeletons in the closet. The ladders of success look so inviting, but we’re afraid of heights. Our heart’s gear may be wounded if we take a jump. Even the love we search for away from home fails from the bitterness in our soul. Lord, can you guide me through the insecurities of life? Will you fill the empty spot scorned by storms and the scorching sun? Help me find a place where the trees sway in tempered peace.
As life moves on, sorrows mourn, and forgiveness becomes good medicine for the broken heart. Pain is re-trained by a willingness to release the offender from the wrong, and it sets us free. But, those who live in remorse of the past will become sick, infected with a virus called resentment. Under the trees sway, God will wait for their heart to forgive so His gentle wind can renew their hope once more.
Forgiveness is the positive connection linking the past to the present. Everyone is at fault of holding grudges, yet only God shall judge the sinners. His love, which carries us through life, generates through our faith. When faith runs out, we fill our body (God’s temple) with hatred, and He will not forgive us of our sins. Do not be guilty of a proud heart! If repentance is genuine, it must always be forgiven, even if it is the same sin over and over again.
Today, I pray God will be with you, and I hope prayer will protect your faith. Only you can forgive past sorrows and hurts. Each of us carries heartaches, but it is God who makes the trees sway to eradicate the memories and filth from its branches. God bless you!