I love music.
It’s one of the few things in life that always has my attention. When I listen to music, it opens my heart to new things. It causes me to explore feelings and emotions, and teaches me truths in a way lecturers and books just can’t. It connects my mind to my emotions, and magic happens in the way I think and live. Music is a powerful thing.
One of my favorite artists recently came out with a song that has radically changed the way I view forgiveness and has reminded me why it’s so important to forgive. Instead of writing a few bullet points for you to remember, just read the words of this beautiful song and let the truths about forgiveness water your soul today.
Forgiveness by Matthew West
It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don’t deserve
It’s the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just to real
It takes everything you have just to say the word…
It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’
Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you
I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
If you are breathing, then it’s inevitable that you will be hurt by those around you, and you have the opportunity to choose forgiveness or to hold a grudge. Choose forgiveness and see how it impacts your life and your relationships. But remember, forgiveness is your choice to let go of a wrong committed against you. It is your choice to move on and not let it bother you. When we forgive, we should do so expecting nothing in return from the person we forgave, because forgiveness is a gift we choose to give that cannot be repaid.