Posted by Brandi Wilson
I recently read a story in a book entitled “Calm My Anxious Heart” that I knew I had to share with you ladies. The story is about Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, and teaches a lesson on forgiveness I was desperate to hear.
One day Clara was reminded of a vicious deed that someone had done to her years before. But she acted as if she had never heard of the incident! “Don’t you remember it?” her friend asked. “No,” came Clara’s reply, “I distinctly remember forgetting it.” She had made a conscious choice to forgive a vicious deed, a conscious choice to continue forgiving when reminded of the deed. By replying, “I distinctly remember forgetting it,” Clara Barton was saying, “I remember choosing to forgive and I still choose to forgive.”
Usually I do pretty well with forgiveness… but sometimes it that act of continuing to choose to forgive that gives me problems.
When I run into the person who caused pain at the grocery store. When the family who left our church chooses to come back like nothing happened. When I hear a third party discussing the hurt.
But the bible teaches us that forgiveness is not a one time act… but a gift we must choose to continue to give.