Wednesday, February 24, 2021
By Nancy Hallfin
Passage: Acts 2:38-39
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off---for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Accepting forgiveness for ourselves can be exceedingly difficult, that’s why Peter appeals to us to ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ through the act of baptism. Though many of us were baptized as a child or infant; once we acknowledge Jesus as our savior, we have daily access to Christ who grants us forgiveness and grace. We all have heard stories of incredible acts of forgiveness in situations we wonder how someone could achieve that act. I remember the Amish community who forgave and supported the wife and children of a man who had murdered one of their children. Forgiveness begins with small acts; the rude clerk, the driver who cuts you off, a friend who says something hurtful. Continually exercising forgiveness and extending understanding to others develops our “Forgiving Fitness.” Just like any other area, the more we exercise it the more we develop our fitness. The greater our fitness the more we are able to forgive. The more we forgive others; the more we can forgive ourselves, increasing our self-esteem. This can’t be done alone, only through connecting with Jesus can we become Forgivingly Fit. Peter mentions the effects on our children and all who are God’s children. Our acts of forgiveness give us greater peace, which is felt by all of those around us and those who receive forgiveness.
Prayer: Father, help me to become forgivingly fit. May I exercise the act of forgiveness in small things so that I may begin to grow the peace that comes with forgiving others and myself. Amen