Music Monday: Forgiveness

forgivenessForgivenessMatthew West

(listen on Spotify or Youtube)

It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those who 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
 
It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
Forgiveness, Forgiveness 

 

Forgiveness is often misunderstood. It’s viewed as a sign of weakness… a sign that you don’t value yourself… that somehow forgiving the one who hurt you let’s them get away with it… that forgiveness is saying, “It’s ok. I shouldn’t have let it bother me.”

Sometimes we fear forgiveness. We think by forgiving, we will become more than just a victim. We think we will become enslaved to the offender and the wrongs he/she did to us. We think forgiveness gives them permission to continue hurting us.

But here’s the truth…. Forgiveness slices through the chains that hold us back from being all that we are meant to be. It frees us from the control of the offender and the control of the offense. It says, “I’m not going to let you or this situation dictate my thoughts, feelings, and actions. I am more than what you did to me, and I choose to move on.”

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In the conservative circle in which I grew up, contemporary Christian music was not allowed. After marrying, I began to listen to a CCM radio station. Much of my spiritual growth since then can be attributed to the many CCM artists and the songs they write. There is truth in those words and power in their music.

If music means as much to you as it does to me, you might want to check out Spotify. This music program allows you to search for particular songs and save them to playlists, allowing you to listen to your music whenever you wish. Best yet, it’s free. (It will require you to download their music program to your computer, but I promise it will not download any junk.) You can find all the songs highlighted in Music Mondays at the Recovered Identity Spotify playlist.

 

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