Consider the Cost of Not Forgiving
A woman adamantly declared, “I will never forgive my father!” She had grown up with the acute awareness that her father favored her younger sister, and she had kept a mental record of all the things that he had done or failed to do that had deeply hurt her. Now, her life seemed to be a never-ending series of conflicts, disappointments, failures, health problems, bad judgments, and personal frustrations. She blamed them all on her father, which only increased her bitterness.
When she told me about her hatred toward her father, I asked her if she had ever prayed the Lord’s Prayer. As she struggled to recall it, I began to quote, “Our Father which art in heaven . . . ”
She responded: “Oh, yes! Many times!”