A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realised his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.Curious, and somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold. Angry, he rose his voice to his father and said “with all your money, you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house.
When he arrived at his father’s house, a sudden feeling of sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still gift-wrapped Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt.7:11,
“And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?”
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL. Eric’s word: This story is immensely powerful and one which brought some memories. What came straight in my mind was timing and un-forgiveness, and how we can hold on to things in our lives for a long time but we still think we can move forward. There are many times we have missed out on our blessings because we were not patient or are so upset with what someone has done to us that we refuse to let it go.
The un-forgiveness in this story is because all throughout his life, he was never at peace because he was still carrying the hurt that he felt his father caused him. Un-forgiveness is a stumbling block in moving forward and unless we learn to forgive and move on, we will never be at peace. Another powerful stronghold about un-forgiveness is that it can destroy you and cause you to be a bitter person. The funny thing is that the person who has hurt you may have moved on a long time ago and you are still keeping hold of the hurt in your heart.
I do understand that it is not easy to let go of things especially when someone has deeply hurt us, trust me I have been there, but we must make a choice to forgive. When we make that choice to forgive and submit it to God, he begins to work in us, and this is when the healing takes place. It is a process and in time you will receive full healing.
How many times do we miss God’s blessings because we can’t see past our own desires? Hmm!, now that this is something for you to reflect on.
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Eric Reverence is a multiple award-winning singer song writer; is the Co-Producer of Gospel Explosion Summit; President of Christian Music Professionals (CMP), and founder of Spontaneous Worship and Youth Ambassador UK.
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