Forgiveness is for you

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10
Friday June 3, 2016

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

Sometimes we find it easier to forgive when someone asks for forgiveness, because then we get the acknowledgement that they have wronged us.  But we are called to forgive even when the person who has harmed us doesn’t acknowledge the harm they have inflicted upon us.
Because ultimately forgiveness is not only for the one who harmed us, it is also for us.  When we forgive we accept the flawed nature of our own humanity and we seek God’s grace so that we are more able to love everyone.

Forgiveness frees us to love the world as God does.  It creates room for grace, mercy and love in community.

God desires peace or shalom for everyone and as bearers of the Good News of Christ Jesus, we share in that desire.  Shalom is a holistic peace that encompasses internal peace but also peace within communities.    A pathway to shalom involves forgiveness.

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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