Tuesday, February 23, 2021
“The Power of Forgiveness”
By Mary Jo Braddock
Passage: Luke 1:76-79
Zechariah praised God with his first words after months of silence. In a song that is often called the Benedictus, Zechariah prophesied the coming of a Savior who would redeem his people. He predicted that his son John, would prepare the Messiah’s way. He would preach the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. The people must ask God for forgiveness of their wrongs. This is salvation by the remission of sins. They also must try to do better through the gospel of Jesus Christ which reveals the light to them that sit in darkness, and the light of knowledge of the Glory of God.
We also should forgive others. Our natural tendency is to hold on to the hurt inflicted upon us, to nurse our wounds and to hold grudges.
When a crime has been committed the court of law must hold a perpetrator accountable and God will hold that person accountable in the final judgement, but we must still forgive that person. Our spiritual obligation is that we have to forgive each other because we have been forgiven by our Heavenly Father. To refuse to forgive others shows that our hearts do not understand the level of forgiveness we have received.
To forgive doesn’t mean we forget; we may remember but we choose not to allow the memory to keep us bitter. Forgiving someone doesn’t make that person right; it makes you free. When you forgive, you are set free from the bondage of carrying around the hurt, the pain and the grudge.
If we don’t forgive, we end up living in the past and walking in darkness. We become weak, sick, and bitter. This shows in our face, words, and action. So, let us choose to forgive; not only do we benefit but so do those around us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, transform my heart and help me forgive those who hurt me. May I draw near to You and may I let go and move on. In Your Holy Name, Amen.