“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” — Matthew 6:12
Do we often pray this almost without thinking? Or is this Lord’s Prayer petition a powerful reminder that calls to mind those who we need to forgive and those from whom we need forgiveness?
What might happen if we picked up the phone and asked for forgiveness from someone? Or reached out to reconnect with a friend or family member with whom we’ve had a strained relationship?
As Christ’s beloved, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit each and every day; why not use that Spirit’s power to forgive others? Knowing that Christ forgives us, we can let go of some of life’s hurts and forgive as well.
Through forgiveness, we can embrace the peace of healed relationships. Both the forgiveness we receive and that we offer, provide wholeness, reduce stress and lead to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion, and self-confidence. Simply put, practicing forgiveness can lead to healthy relationships, physical health and is a blessing from God.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us practice lives of forgiveness — both coming to you for forgiveness and giving us the strength to forgive those who have hurt us and wounded our hearts. Amen.
Deaconess Deb Robinson, St. Joseph, MN