bible-god-quotes-54There’s a song by Matthew West entitled “Forgiveness” that captures the true struggle it is to forgive, even those we love. The song goes, in part:

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 Video

For those with family members facing prison it is probably one of the hardest things you’ll be asked to do. There is so much pain, anger, resentment and sometimes even hate caused by¬†our crimes and their impact on our families. But the first step to surviving the prison experience is to forgive what at times seems like the unforgivable.

And for the one facing prison there is often an urge to blame others for our situation. Whether it is law enforcement, a family member, a “snitch” or someone else, we also must learn to forgive. One person we also need to forgive is ourselves. But the only way we can and should do this is after we’ve accepted full responsibility for our actions and are working to repent of them. Repentance means to turn our back on old behavior and start in a new direction. This repentance is what will ultimately allow those who love us to forgive us.

Another quote on forgiveness, also in the song above is from Lewis B. Smedes, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that prisoner is you.” Whether you are behind bars or know someone behind bars, forgiveness frees you from the prison of bitterness and allows you to move forward. God bless you!

David Chatham

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