Talking about forgiveness isn’t easy. Honestly, it’s one of those things we don’t really want to dive into because sometimes it seems easier to just ignore it. The problem is, the problem doesn’t go away. Forgiveness is not forgetting or enabling someone to continue to hurt us. Forgiveness frees us from the hurt and pain that someone else has caused us. It’s the act of trusting God to be the judge. God wants us to forgive others so that we can be set free. He wants us to forgive like we have been forgiven because we have been forgiven.
We received several questions via text that we did not have time to speak to during the weekend service. In this blog we are going to speak to the questions we received.
1. What if you have an employee that steals from you? Does forgiveness mean not firing them? Or can you forgive them and still fire them?
Everyone suffers tragedy. Tragedy comes in every shape and size imaginable. Job loss, chronic illness, divorce, trauma, the death of a family member, spouse, or when we hear the words “You have cancer,” everything changes. It’s one thing to hear about someone else’s tragedy, it’s another when it’s your own. The strange irony is that even though your world stops, nobody else’s does. The clock keeps ticking, the stoplights keep directing traffic, and others are oblivious to the agony and anguish that exists in your world. It’s as if everything is happening in slow motion and nothing makes sense.
We have no idea what we need to do or what to even think. What used to be a simple task might now be a difficult decision. Emotions run wild and you never know when you are going to burst into tears so you don’t even want to shop in a familiar place. If you have experienced tragedy you know the feeling, you get it, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
Our dog Hunter teaches me some of the coolest lessons about God and His love for me. Hunter is our five year old, 60 pound black lab and is an integral part of our family. We talk to him like a person and he looks at us while he wags his tail as if he if following the conversation. Every day he sends me off to work by walking to the door by my side wagging his tail. When I come home, Hunter always greets me at the door. Kathi and the kids keep playing on their gadgets, but not Hunter. He is always happy to see me. We have a routine that both of us have come to love. He is obsessed with balls, and there is nothing in the world that he enjoys more than fetching a ball. He well fetch until my arm falls off from throwing it. We play fetch every day before I head to the office and usually when I come home at night. It’s my way of unwinding, and his way of showing me he loves me.