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downloadMathew West wrote this song about a women who sent her story to him.  The woman's daughter was killed by a drunk driver and this woman had started a ministry across the country talking to people about the cause and effects of drinking and driving and why we shouldn't do this.  As she kept traveling the Lord slowly revealed that something was truly missing from her life.  She had the compassion and the boldness to speak truth in love to those who could devastate their lives by poor decisions - but the Lord revealed to her that something true was missing:  Forgiveness.  

 

Matthew wrote this song:

"Forgiveness"

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 too real

It takes everything you have just to say the word…

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

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’

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable

Show me how to reach the unreachable

Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness

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

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable

Show me how to reach the unreachable

Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness

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

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

For those of us who don't struggle with anger, we think that it is not a struggle to forgive (or fill in the things that you don't struggle with here _______).  But if you are like me, then you are a realist.  I used to be annoyed and unforgiving of the Apostle Peter, but then the Lord revealed to me that I was so much worse than he was .  I was judge-mental prideful and arrogant.  I was unforgiving and rude and sometimes just down right ridiculous in my thought processes.  I mean, think about it, sometimes (if we are really honest) the things that we don't like about others really are things that we don't like about ourselves (or things that we struggle with and try not to do).

If we are true disciples of Jesus Christ THEN we have to forgive like He has forgiven us.  We have to love, like He loves us and we have to do to others as He has done for us.

When it is all said and done, Matthew West is right when he sings that  when we don't forgive we end up putting ourselves in a prison of unforgiveness.  Think about it?

Forgive, and find God's blessings in your life when you move closer to His will.

Blessings,

D