Monday, February 22, 2021
“Forgive and Forget”
By Sharon Bates
Passage: Matthew 26:28-29
How many times have you heard, “Forgive and Forget?” How easy is that to do? For Christians, forgiveness is not an option. It is a requirement according to Luke 17:3-4. However, we all mess up and need forgiveness. Why is forgiveness so important to us? First, we need to remember that we have been forgiven by Jesus’ blood poured out for us on the cross. Second, we pray the Lord’s prayer, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others.” Studies have shown that it is difficult to forgive someone else when we need to learn how to forgive ourselves. Beating ourselves up keeps us from moving on. The song from “Frozen” goes “Let it Go” is an easy reminder to forgive ourselves. Forgiveness for ourselves and others can improve our spiritual health, but also our mental and physical health. Choosing not to forgive gets us stuck in our own past, preventing moving forward. Forgiving helps us grow as person. You have more time to focus on productive activities with a positive attitude and live a more peaceful life. How can we practice forgiveness and experience the peace that it gives? There are many Bible verses we can turn to when struggling with the challenge of forgiveness. They remind us that God’s forgiveness is powerful and unending. When we turn to Jesus, we find full forgiveness of our sins, freedom, and peace. We can know the fullness of a relationship with God and others because of His blood poured out for us. When we take Holy communion, we are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice and renewing our relationship through forgiveness and obedience to Him. As forgiven people, how do we relate to others? Being ready to forgive, as well as asking forgiveness is necessary, not only for restoring relationships, but also allows us for a healthier and happier life.
Prayer: Gracious God of Forgiveness, thank you for your sacrificial love and forgiveness. Help us to live in a forgiving attitude each day. Amen