My friend Marcia challenged me to share faith, maybe because I use simple words. But journaling is always good. And listening to and sharing faith stories is how I have grown. So this is just my simple reflections about forgiveness.
Luke chapter 6 has been a mainstay of my faith life. ” love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute you and forgive”.
Another scripture is in Matthew 7– removing the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the splinter.
Forgiveness starts with my relationship with Jesus. Seeking mercy for my own sins first. Many times I have been my worst enemy to the point of hating myself. My sins could have been a stumbling block but I believed Jesus word and that word trickled down to forgiving myself.
Once the plank is removed I could see as Jesus sees. Jesus loves us all. So I no longer saw splinters in others. Working through forgiveness of other wasn’t hard once I saw like Jesus. It was simply done in faith because I am called to be Christ-like. Christ died for all, not just people who deserved it. Once Grace entered and I realized everything was a gift then the rest is easy. Easy to say I love you, easy to say sorry, easy to say I forgive.
Sometimes forgiveness is not about being in the same space because God doesn’t confine Himself to time or space. And the same space may take away from being safe, it may take my eyes off the goal of being with Christ. Life would be kinder if when I say sorry we could go have coffee together. There’s the temptation to look for reasons to forgive and look for results when the olive branch is offered.
The purest forgiving is handing myself and the person to God and knowing God loves me and the person more and God will get us where we need to be. 1st Peter tells us “Above all, let your love for one another be intense,because love covers a multitude of sins.”
You know I have more reflections about forgive. To sum up today’s thought 1) forgive because God said so, 2) God will receive our own sins as though we gave Him a gift and in return give us grace 3) pass forgiveness on, don’t play the mind games of who deserves it, God will handle that part. 4) always move faith forward, forgiveness doesn’t mean going back.
Be at Peace!
Gospel MT 7:1-5
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”