Today I realized there is a correlation between forgiveness and surrender. I’ll start with a short story on forgiveness. After finding myself in a situation where I needed to forgive the same person again. I started thinking like Peter when he asked Jesus if he should increase forgiving someone to seven times as opposed to three times which was the standard of the day. We know the story: Jesus goes even further and says 70 times 7.
I was convinced I had already forgiven this person 490 times (if we are using the greek translation) and definitely more than 77 times (Hebrew translation). So, I grabbed a pen and notepad and proceeded to write the offenses to see if my “offender” had exceeded their maximum allotment for forgiveness. With pen and paper in hand, the Holy Spirit instantly convicted me. I knew if I kept track I had never forgiven at all. I responded by putting the paper down (with tears) and committed to forgiving as often as necessary.
Now, as I am on this journey to fully surrender my heart to the Lord, I realize that surrender is also something I must do frequently, as least as of now. I noticed the next thing that happened when I committed my whole heart was in very subtle ways, I was tempted to pick “it” back up.
The key for me is to pay attention and to respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction instead of ignoring or trying to suppress Him. So far, surrender has led me to joy and that’s where I want to stay.
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“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11 NLT