Ezekiel 36 vs 26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Growing up I hated my father, I resented him because he did not support me in any way. My father would make promises he did not fulfill, he would support others while I was experiencing what we could call a ‘ruff life’.
I was living with my Grandmother who did not have much and his attitude towards me made me angry.
I felt it was okay to feel this way towards him. I blamed him for all the struggles I was going through and I resented him.
One day I was led by the Holy Spirit to go on 7 days of fasting for cleansing and restoration. On the 5th day of fasting I was meditating and I was led to read Psalm 51.
I read this chapter with meaning and I personalized it. I then heard a voice say to me, “go and pray for your father.”
At first I was a bit reluctant to do so because in my mind he was not there for me. He did not care for me so why should I pray for him?
A soft voice then said to me, “just let it go and allow me to restore you”.
At that moment I went on my knees and I cried out to the Lord because I was hurting. I prayed against the broken relationship my father and I had and I asked the lord to help me to forgive him. I asked the Lord to help me to forgive him for not being there for me.
I asked God to help me to love my father.
During my prayer I wept and suddenly I began to feel something rather strange taking place inside my heart.
It seemed something was lifting from my soul.
In that moment I realized that I was experiencing the power of forgiveness.
Glory to God I can say today I am experiencing God’s great love for me. Not only am I experiencing His love but I can now look at my earthly father and say, “I love you Dad.“
I would never think to do this before.
Matthew 5 vs 24 says, “Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
Sometimes we hold a grudge in our heart towards a family member or some other person who did us wrong. We think that it is fine to feel this way. I have learnt through experience that this can poison our relationships with God.
God desires for us to be blameless before Him. He truly wants to connect with us and to call us His friend, but things such as unforgiveness towards others can hinder that close relationship.
Jesus spent a great deal of time teaching about forgiveness and that it should be something we do on a daily basis. See Matthew 18:22.
Let us therefore ask the Lord to search our hearts and see if there may be any wicked ways within us. Let us ask Him to cleanse us and set us free.
The great power of forgiveness restores. It gives joy, peace, love and happiness. Most importantly it draws you closer to God.
About the Author: Shawna-Kay James lives in Jamaica and is a member of Shekinah Intercessors Outreach Ministry. She has a passion for dancing and is the leader of a dancing group called Shofar. Follow her posts each Friday on ourevidence.com
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