28 January 2017
A Necessary Progression – Forgiving One Another
Greetings Dear Reader,
This thing called forgiveness is so neglected by so many. It is neglected yet so very powerful. It is need both as a gift given to others and received by ourselves. It is a fluid to lubricate the progression.
I fear that we have lost the understanding of how vital it is to forgive and seek forgiveness. I do not use colorful metaphors as I find them to be vulgar and often disrespectful. A couple of weeks ago, for the first time in a long while I slipped in front of a coworker.
She immediately noticed it and commented on it. After a few moments of further conversation I made a point of asking her forgiveness. She commented that she was not offended and that forgiveness was not necessary. I am thankful for her graciousness but I think we have lost an understanding of the depth to which we need to be forgiven for things.
Seeking forgiveness is a transference of power. When I have transgressed in some way and seek forgiveness I transfer the power of the relationship to the offended party. It takes courage and humility. It takes a commitment to restoration and reconciliation.
In a world where anger and strife seem to multiply exponentially forgiveness stands out so brightly. We validate others when we ask for forgiveness. We restore relationships and germinate hope. I need to remember that Jesus ask the Father to forgive us as we forgive others. That is reason enough to forgive readily.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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