The Journey Toward Forgiveness
by Joy Martin, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
If you are at all familiar with Set Me Free Ministries or have been following our blog for any length of time, chances are you know that we are excited to be bringing Renewed, Restored, Released to Lincoln on October 9. If this is the first you’re hearing about it, well, now you know. And whichever is the case for you, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you why this event, in particular, is one I want everyone to experience.
We knew sometime early in 2009 that we’d be focusing on forgiveness as the theme for our 2010 event. (For the record, it was not my idea.) It sounded like a great topic, but I was not exactly jumping for joy about the prospect of a day on forgiveness. While I knew that forgiveness was important and, generally speaking, a good thing, I had been carrying around a massive load of unforgiveness for more than a decade. And to be honest, I wasn’t ready to give it up.
The truth is that I believed forgiveness was an important topic for other people to learn about. You see, the person that I was harboring bitterness toward didn’t deserve to be forgiven. He had earned his place as the object of my anger and hatred, and I didn’t want to hear any differently. But, much to my dismay, as we began to prepare for the March event, God began to reveal to me that I was—gasp—wrong!
And so began my long and painful journey of learning how to forgive. I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t easy. In fact, it was, without question, the single most difficult thing that I have ever done. (And I gave birth to one of my children without an epidural!) But as hard as it was and as much as I struggled with my journey toward forgiveness, it was also the best, most rewarding thing I have ever done.
I’m only now grasping just how much my life had been affected by my unforgiveness—if only I’d known then what I know now. The good news is that you have the opportunity to learn from my mistakes, because as part of Renewed, Restored, Released I will be sharing my journey.
In fact, you have an amazing opportunity to learn from an incredible group of people, who each have a heart for God and His Word. Come see for yourself that there is freedom in forgiveness. Whether you are carrying a heavy load or just find yourself struggling with small annoyances, this day is for you. If you choose to join us on October 9, you will experience a day filled with laughter and tears. And it just may be the beginning of your journey toward forgiveness. I promise that it’s one worth taking.