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The freedom
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forgiveness


   

Tuesday Reflection

   

9th March 2021


...move beyond the pain...


21  "how often should I forgive?"

..... Matthew 18: 21


Alexander Pope once said,
"To err is human, to forgive, divine."
We need to take this to heart
because God is the Divine.

When we refuse forgiveness,
we remain the victim.
When we offer forgiveness,
we are doing it for our
own well-being.

Forgiveness allows us to move
beyond the pain, the resentment,
and the anger.

We always have a choice;
to forgive or not to forgive.
When we forgive we make
the choice that heals,
a great burden is lifted
from our shoulders.

We may never forget the hurt
we have experienced,
but we can choose to forgive.
As life goes on and we remember
an incident that hurt us,
we need to remind ourselves
that with God's grace we have
already forgiven the one
that offended us.

Time does heal memories;
time can dull the vividness
of the hurt and the
memories will fade.

We must never let the person
who hurt us, own us.
Forgiveness finally changes us
from prisoners of our past
to being freed and at peace
with our memories.

Peter knew that we are
a forgiven people.
His question resonates within us:
"how often should I forgive?"
Jesus' answer comes in the
form of a maxim,
"seventy-seven"
which means that at all times
and in all places
we are to express
God's forgiving grace.

Forgiveness involves more than
absolution of guilt.
It involves reconciliation
of our past and the healing
of our brokenness.

It involves intentional work to heal
and reconcile with one another.
Such forgiveness remains difficult
until we allow ourselves to bring
that brokenness to God
who heals and reconciles us
to himself and one another
through the Spirit and then,
we can participate in that
healing reconciliation.

Healing, reconciliation,
and forgiveness gives us the
chance of an ever-deepening
friendship with God
and with one another.

There was a wonderful the prayer
of dismissal often used at
the end a funeral service.

Go out into the world in peace;
Be of good courage;
Hold fast to that which is good.
Render to no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the faint hearted.
Support the weak.
Help the afflicted.
Honour everyone.
Love and serve the Lord.

Perhaps this is a prayer we can
hold in our hearts on today;
for as Jesus said,
it is an accumulation of acts--
seven times seventy--
an unlimited number of acts,
repeated without ending by those
who will not give up,
that creates a future distinct
from the past.

Whether it is the act of terrorism,
or the act of a child,
parent or friend that disappointed us
in crude and inappropriate behaviour;
we need to reach out to a loving God
and ask him to walk with us as we
struggle with the need to forgive.

God is good. He will not fail!
Are we up to the task?
Can we forgive as Christ forgave -
s God our Father forgives us.




It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive'
sung by Koine
(Lyrics Video)
via the link shown below.


Blessings

Maureen