Don't Forgive Too Soon

This weekend in Virginia, I was reminded of the danger of forgiving prematurely. If I quickly put a Band-Aid on a wound I've received on my body BEFORE cleaning it, I run the risk of infection and the wound becoming WORSE. I have to bare the pain of the antiseptic and the cleaning to ensure a healthy and full healing.

Emotional wounds are no different. I have to scrub clean my emotional wounds before healing can begin. Forgiveness is necessary for a full recovery. But sometimes it takes time to clean a wound sufficiently before forgiveness can be applied and a full recovery made.