The power of forgiveness

Read Acts 6-7
Thursday, May 4, 2017

I have seen the effects on individuals, families, and communities of faith when forgiveness is not practiced and hearts are calcified. When words are spoken but not lived. 
Forgiveness, like love, is one of the most powerful forces that Christ offers to us.
It is so powerful that Jesus commanded us to forgive one another because he knew that forgiveness could change our world if we allowed it to.  But instead, we hold onto hurt and anger and allow it to close us off from one another.
How different would our story be if Jesus had fought against those who had arrested him or if he had spat back upon the soldiers while hanging on the cross and had spoken hateful words?
How different would our story be if the resurrected Christ hadn’t returned to the disciples on the beach and offered encouragement and a place for Peter to receive forgiveness after denying him in his greatest hour of need?
How different would our story be if the budding church had returned violence for violence when Stephen was being attacked and stoned?

Prayer: Holy God, may the words of scripture be a song that sings throughout my day.  May your love and compassion be the source of courage I need to face those who seek to harm, tear down, and destroy.  Amen.


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