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October 1, 2015, 8:51 AM

October 1, 2015

It’s about Forgiveness

Forgiveness – it’s a central precept of our faith as followers of Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness is all over the Bible.  The disciples asked Jesus how many times they should forgive – he essentially says, “as many times as it takes.”  Jesus talked about how when we forgive we are forgiven. In Matthew 18 Jesus gives us a blueprint for how we are to forgive one another and move from disunity to unity. From the cross Jesus says, “Father, forgive them.”  Take a moment to think about that.  Jesus, who has been whipped, beaten, spat upon, humiliated and nailed to the cross to die an agonizing death says “forgive them.”  

And yet, I am amazed at the number of people I encounter who are unwilling to move toward forgiveness and reconciliation.  Time and time again, I hear an unwillingness to come to the table to talk things out, work things out or hear the other side of the story.  For many today, it’s easier to just walk away than do the difficult work of letting go of our wounds and allowing Jesus to bring healing and wholeness to our relationships. We don’t need to worry about the culture destroying our relationships, we’re doing a good enough job of it ourselves. 

In the midst of our broken lives, Jesus continues to ask us to keep the commandments and remain in his love.  He prayed that we might be one.  That doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.  But it does mean we need to work together to build God’s kingdom, to respect one another and, when we harm one another, seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

The bottom line is, from time to time, we hurt one another and wound one another. We say things we don’t mean, we do things without thinking them through. A lot of the time it’s a misunderstanding.  Most of the time we may not even be aware that we have hurt someone unless they take the time to tell us.

What will we do about it?  How will we help one another, in the midst of our brokenness, move toward forgiveness and reconciliation and healing?   We need to be about the business of forgiving.  It’s kingdom work.  If we are brave enough to do so, we will be the stronger for it.

Today, if there is someone you have wounded, seek their forgiveness.  If someone has wounded you, forgive them.  You won’t regret it.

 

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