“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done”
To me, one of the loveliest things about being a child of God is knowing firsthand His ability to restore beauty to ugly things. I am a walking, breathing example of God’s grace.
The verses above were spoken by Joseph to his brothers years after they wished him dead but instead sold him into slavery. When Joseph spoke those words, he was a very powerful man who was in the position to punish his brothers for what they did to him all those years ago. He chose to forgive them.
I think the ability to forgive someone for atrocities big and small requires a person to take their focus off of the act itself and place it on their life in general. God will work ALL things together for good for those of us who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Of course, you have to allow Him to do it, so it’s not His fault if you are stuck in a mire of despair or resentment.
Just because something bad happened to you once doesn’t mean your life is paused at that moment in time. Moving forward requires not dwelling in the past.
He wants to take the ugly in your life and make it over into something new and beautiful and valuable. All you have to do is say, “Yes, Lord”.
Since I make a mess of myself on a daily basis, this isn’t a singular acquiescence. I don’t just take one shower a week. I get dirty every day, and some days I get dirtier than others. Fortunately, it isn’t possible to max out God’s Power Cleaning capabilities. Thank the Lord! Cuz I get awfully grimy sometimes, going days or weeks without a spiritual cleansing.
There is no better feeling in the world than being clean after having been dirty. When is the last time you felt really, truly clean? All you have to do is ask Him and He will do it.
And you don’t even have to get naked. 😉 So whaddaya waiting for?