Chris August is a gifted artist - vocally and as a musician. I think he might be rather new on the scene or I've just had my head stuck in the proverbial sand. :) He has a lot of great songs to choose from but I went with this one for today. While it isn't upbeat and peppy it addresses a topic that needs more of a voice in today's society.
Forgiveness is a work of the heart and of the will in most cases. Forgiveness is hard. We have somehow fallen into believing that forgiving a person also excuses them for what they did/said. That is not the case. Forgiveness simply provides freedom from resentment, bitterness, grudges, etc. It excuses nothing, it doesn't "okay" the act or the words. But it does free you from years of ick. Unforgiveness becomes a heavy weight around the heart and will drag you down if you don't make the choice to let it go and forgive. Interacting with someone who refuses to forgive is tedious and usually difficult because unforgiveness makes a person angry, harsh, unpleasant, without grace, hard of heart, and a hoover vacuum of high maintenance. I have had a lot of experience with people who are lugging around unforgiveness and it is like walking on eggshells. Who wants to do that or be that? ICK.
So. Chris August addresses the topic of forgiveness as Jesus did in Matthew. The disciples asked him how many times they were to forgive. His response? 7x70. And he didn't mean over the course of a lifetime either. He meant DAILY if necessary! See sometimes forgiveness is such a chore and chores usually have to be done on a daily basis. But in order to be free from the ick I mentioned above isn't it worth it to do the deed of forgiveness as many times as necessary? I think so, in fact I KNOW so.
Happy Monday! (Oh and because it IS Monday and we all need a little silliness on Monday's I included a funny song that Chris did as well!)