Forgiveness: giving up hope for a better past

Posted: August 13, 2019 in Uncategorized
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For me, forgiveness isn’t condoning wrongdoing, it’s naming it. It’s not forgetting wrongdoing, it’s learning from it. Forgiveness isn’t done in isolation, it often takes a friend, a church, or other community to support you in it. It’s not a one time moment, it’s often a long term process. Like shampoo, you have to rinse and repeat! Forgiveness isn’t surrender, it’s the difficult path that leads to liberation, and ultimately peace in God … for you and the wrong doer.

What’s the hardest thing you ever had to forgive?

Forgiveness isn’t just a spiritual practice that Jesus encouraged the disciples to do; after he was raised from the dead, it was the very first thing. Forgiveness opens us and the world to freedom in God, and the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Blessings of Peace and healing,

  1. Robert Reid says:

    Mark Your sermon hit me in a way that I needed to think about a current familky situation.  The men of our family have a long history of fishing trips to Northern Ontario (always to a fishing camp). This year a canoe trip to northern Minnesota was planned and I wasn’t included in the planning (over the years I always planned the trips) or was I invited to join. Everyone knew I wouldn’t be able to go – but the old adage applied -, “I didn’t want to go to the party, but I wanted to be invited to the party.” So I was harboring resentment about my exclusion – your sermon gave me the motivation to straighten out my thinking about the matter; and think about forgiveness rather than resentment.. Thank you   Peace,      Bob

    • Thanks, Bob. You’re a good man whose sons are blessed to have a father who would talk to them openly and honestly about such important feelings. Blessings of peace and healing for you all.

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