I think most of America is particularly stunned by the forgiveness offered to the monster who recently murdered 9 people in the South Carolina church. Many of you understand why forgiveness is offered and know it can only come from the strength of great faith in God.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
“…and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us….” (From the Lord’s Prayer.) Gives one pause, doesn’t it. “Wait, I’m forgiven perhaps only as I forgive others? Uhoh!” That’s a very sobering thought.
But ‘tit for tat’ is not the reason for forgiving, or shouldn’t be. It isn’t that motivation behind the strength one gets that enables one to forgive.
The peace gained from forgiving is monumental……Forgiveness is for all those involved. And, as a very wise friend used to say “God wants us to forgive, we need not forget….we don’t have to open ourselves to hurt again.” I have known many who will not forgive because they are afraid to be hurt again. Don’t forget if you’d rather not, but forgive.
Forgive someone today….even someone who’s passed on. Write to that person who’s hurt you…don’t send it if you’d rather not, burn it, but write how you feel. And forgive.
The families in North Carolina are a great example of faithful Christian believers following the Word they profess. Easy to profess, not so easy to ‘do.’ They are doing it.
Do you agree with the statement below? Let’s talk about this….who does not deserve forgiveness? And is it about ‘deserving?’
Have a great Sunday…