Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Forgiveness

As we gather pace towards the Cross I have been reflecting on forgiveness.

Jesus talks very strongly about the need to forgive others.

He calls us to forgive as we have been forgiven by God.

He calls us to forgive even when that someone has continually hurt us.

Forgiveness is tough.

Yet as we journey with Jesus towards the Cross - a place of reconciliation, healing, grace and love, a place of brutality in the consequences of sin, a place of weeping and suffering, a place were things are finished with - I wonder if we are aware of people we need to forgive?

Is forgiveness something we need to give to another this Easter time?

Are we bitter with hurt because of the pain someone else has caused us?

Do we need to be released from that bitterness and pain by offering forgiveness?

That is really easy to say right?  But not so easy to do.  Maybe not even something we want to do.  But forgiveness actually releases us to be the people we were meant to be.  With forgiveness there is healing and freedom.  And God's peace will broad over you like His Spirit did at the dawn of creation.

This is where we need God to help us, his strength to enable us to forgive.

There are circumstances so severe that forgiveness can seem impossible.  I wonder of the God of the impossible could help forgiveness flow this Easter time?

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