Creating Abundance: An Abundance of Forgiveness

Author: Jenny Lind Conlee | www.jennylindconlee.com  | @jennylindconlee

I require an exorbitant amount of forgiveness. And I don’t even think I’m that big of a jerk. I just know that I fail.

For example: I have failed every diet known to mankind. I have done it all. I tried starving myself, and that was the longest three hours of my life. Hollywood Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, Slim Fast, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Atkins, South Beach, and my biggest failure to date:  Weight Watchers. Yeah, watched my weight GO UP! Granted, I’ve experienced success enough to know what works for me. I just really struggle with this area of my life and I beat myself up about it.


What does an abundance of forgiveness even look like?


For starters, let’s take a look-see at what it’s not. We know it isn’t keeping record of people’s wrongs. Or a list of people you don’t want to run into at the grocery store (I stole that line from Bo). It’s also not beating yourself up over your perceived inadequacies and missteps. We all know it cannot be earned, only given willingly by the injured party.


The trouble is when we hold onto our need to be right. Your ability to forgive is a good indication of your ability to love, since there is a direct correlation between the two.


Forgiveness requires assistance of the supernatural. It requires the healing salve of the One who paid the ultimate price to see to it that we could be forgiven of the unforgivable. If you need forgiveness, you must forgive. We’ve been forgiven so much. And we must make the really Lord proud when we forgive quickly and love each other well.


An abundance of forgiveness is the evidence of His life in us. That, dear friends, is what the world needs to see more than ever. Well, that and maybe fewer carbs.



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