~ Forgiveness ~

The key to forgiveness lies, sometimes, buried
Amongst ruins and fire in our hearts.
We seem to hold on to the hurt that's been caused,
With chains that will not tear apart.

How easy, it seems, to never let go
Of the memories that smolder within;
Preventing the growth and forgiveness inside,
While our brewing continues in sin.

Such a battle, it seems, to forgive one's deeds
And rid our minds of the torturing pain;
Too soon we discover that it's holding us back,
Unable to live in God's name.

Sometimes, we'll try to get even with those
Whom we feel have cut deep in our hearts ~
When we should really leave the judgment to God;
Thus, allowing ourselves a new start.

When the Lord forgives all the sins that I bare
And allows me to begin a new slate,
Why should I not forgive those who've hurt me;
Letting Jesus determine their fate?

Let there be no mistake, for I have hurt some ~
Especially those I hold dear in my heart.
God has forgiven me for the damage I've caused.
Now, it's time that I did my part.

Valentyne Lang
2003 used with permission

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