It left a hole

One thing I think all of us have had to deal with is hurt.
Its bound to happen…

Ive always wonder however… if we forgive someone, why does it sometimes never seem to leave our minds?
After all… when Christ forgives us… it is gone.

I read a devotional today during Taite & Owen’s nap… that touched on this subject & I liked it so much I had to pass it on.

The devotional was called “Lingering Damage”
It was taken from: http://odb.org/

I’m going to clip and paste the devotional here… but you can find it on that site under Sat. Oct 30th.

The verse it gives is…

“The sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite. —2 Samuel 12:10”

When I 1st read this, I didn’t understand it…

Now heres what the devotional said…

A young teen who was constantly getting into trouble always apologized when his parents confronted him. No matter how much he hurt his parents with his previous wrong-doing, he would soon turn around and do something else wrong—knowing he would be forgiven.

Finally, his dad took him out to the garage for a talk. Dad picked up a hammer and pounded a nail into the garage wall. Then he gave his son the hammer and told him to pull out the nail.

The boy shrugged, grabbed the hammer, and yanked out the nail.

“That’s like forgiveness, Son. When you do something wrong, it’s like pounding in a nail. Forgiveness is when you pull the nail out.”

“Okay, I get it,” said the boy.

“Now take the hammer and pull out the nail hole,” his dad replied.

“That’s impossible!” the boy said. “I can’t pull it out.”

As this story illustrates and King David’s life proves, sin carries consequences. Even though David was forgiven, his adultery and murder left scars and led to family problems (2 Sam. 12:10). This sobering truth can serve as a warning for our lives. The best way to avoid the lingering damage of sin is to live a life of obedience to God.

I will let the devotional speak for itself…

I think through Christ we can over come anything!
But I think with those consequences things sometimes will never be the same…
however through Christ, there is hope for a solution… and I pray if you are struggling with any type of offense… or hurting, that this maybe brings some peace to you… and comforts you some how.

A Prayer: Thank You for being slow to anger and filled with compassion.
May I not presume upon Your mercy by assuming there will be no consequences for my sin.
Help me to confess and then to sin no more. Amen.

Our sins can be forgiven and washed away, but their consequences are ours to pay.

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About dreawood

32 Yr old Mom to 4 boys. Married to a former Cop who now Pastors a Evangelical church in SC. Professional Photographer and random blogger @ www.dreawood.com
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4 Responses to It left a hole

  1. Heather says:

    Am going to share this… Very powerful and thought provoking… Thank you for sharing it with all your FB friends.

  2. Jenn says:

    Great illustration. This is a great lesson to teach our children as well. I’ve heard this illustration used: a dad gave his kids each a tube of toothpaste & a plate. He told them to go to town-squeeze it out, whatever they wanted, on the plate. The kids thought this was great fun. The dad came back a bit later. He told them he wanted them to put the toothpaste back now. Of course, that’s impossible. I think this particular example he used for hurtful words-you can’t put them back once you’ve said them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Laura says:

    Gosh, I am struggling with some huge hurt issues with my parents this week… thanks so much for sharing this devotional, it really made an impact for me.

  4. Stef says:

    I loved this post, Drea. Thank you.
    Forgiveness is something we all deal with for sure. When forgiveness is present, that means sin has occurred. And even though Christ puts our forgiven sin behind Him, He doesn’t forget it. He can’t forget. Otherwise He wouldn’t be God 😉 The fact that our slate it wiped clean and He won’t judge us based on that forgiven sin, is just more evidence of His goodness and mercy. Goodness and mercy we’re not capable of showing. So something I try to remember is this – when I sin, whether its a deep, terrible offense or not, part of the ramifications of my sin are that person having to deal with it, even years after I’ve asked their forgiveness. No matter how genuine I am. Part of our fallen world I guess. I think our part is to take that risen bitterness and anger that creeps up and hand it back, once again, over to God.

    Loved this post.

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