Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Forgiveness instead of revenge

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10
Tuesday May 31, 2016

Focus passage: So I encourage you to show your love for this person. 2 Corinthians 2:8

Forgiveness is a central component of our faith and our understanding of God’s working in our world – yet it may be one of the most difficult concepts to live out in our lives, because when we forgive we give up our natural tendency to seek revenge – to remain angry – to lash out – and to fuel our rage.  And we may find that we take on the same tendency for revenge when someone hurts someone we love.

In order to live fully in Christian community, we must embrace the spiritual discipline of forgiveness. 

I say that with great intention, forgiveness is a spiritual discipline, just like prayer is, it is something that we have to practice and work at.  I have found that for those who embrace the spiritual discipline of forgiveness that when something really big happens to them, they are more easily live into forgiveness and do not allow themselves to be altered in a harmful way by the action that has happened to them or to someone they love.

Prayer:  God help me to embrace forgiveness for myself and for others.  Be known in the mending of my brokenness and in the broken relationships in my life.  Amen. 

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