Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jesus spent a lot of time talking to his disciples and the crowds about forgiveness. No wonder! As much as [I] forgive others, [I] release the forgiveness of God for me, sealed forever by the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. And beyond this ‘double blessing’ is the reality that as much as I forgive others –their failings, their disrespect, their unkind words and actions and etcetera –I bring peace and healing into my own body, mind and spirit. Do I still recount the offences of others committed specifically against me or against society in general? Or can I move on and let my memory be aligned with the mercy of God so that I can release, and so ‘forgive’, others’ offences? Christ Jesus, release me from my offenses as I release the offences of others.
The clean of hands and pure of heart shall climb the mountain of the Lord. (Psalm 24:3,4)
You will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are too heavy.
Corrie Ten Boom
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.