Share forgiveness today.
So often in life you forget the little lessons you learned when you were a child. I’m not talking about not putting your elbows on the table when you eat or not picking in your nose, I’m talking about forgiveness. Forgiveness seems to be one of those things that never gets easier the older you get. As adults we are so quick to hold a grudge, talk about the situation behind someone’s back, and brood the situation over and over.
You might be saying, “Chaplain Terry, I forgive all the time! I forgave my loved one the other day for something they did!” That might be true and that is definitely an achievement but how often do you take the time to forgive those that you don’t love? Those are quite often the one’s who need it most. The person who cuts you off in traffic, the co-worker who gets on your last nerve, even someone who has wronged you indirectly by wronging someone you love. All these people need forgiveness.
I was reflecting on the life of Christ the other day and thought of what a forgiving spirit he has. Never holding a grudge, never quick to anger, and always, always, loving those that didn’t deserve it. You have to realize that forgiveness is a two way street. You have to be able to give it AND receive it. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all make mistakes and all we can do is try harder the next time and with faith, prayer, and following in the steps of Christ you can do it! Don’t be afraid, it feels good to forgive! Call or tell that one person who needs your forgiveness today.
Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, I am a sinner. I am not perfect and you have been just and merciful to forgive me of my sins. Please work on my heart and work with me daily to forgive those that have wronged me and need forgiveness. Amen.
Aim High! Always!
Chaplain Terry Johnsson