Our topic this month is one that I expect will challenge us again as we study and discuss things: forgiveness. I’ve brought it up from time to time in the past few months because it’s something that is missing yet so necessary in our society. We are insincere, shy away or avoid it, often because it’s a really deep topic. It forces us to really think about our words and actions and, if we’re honest with ourselves, challenges us to be better people. True forgiveness isn’t for the faint of heart, but requires true courage and honesty.
You may shy away from seeking or accepting forgiveness because then you would have to release someone from what they’ve said or done, or be released from your own guilt in the matter.
But what if forgiveness meant life? What if the very act of honestly forgiving someone meant that you were carrying one less pound of baggage over your shoulders? What if asking for forgiveness from someone would release another bag? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of carrying the past around and would love to put it all down and be able to start fresh.
While that’s not a possibility for most of us, the act of forgiving or asking for forgiveness can bring a lightness to our step, one less thing to worry about and one more person we could work towards a better future for the world with.
“It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.'” Luke 24:47