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The Gift of Forgiveness

The Gift of Forgiveness

Forgiveness.  Over the years it’s something I have struggled with.  When I was in seminary, a woman, who I planned to marry, broke up with me.  Ultimately, it was a blessing or I would never have met Cindy, but at the time I felt devastated.  I struggled for more than two years to forgive.  While there are some who seem to forgive immediately, many wrestle with it.

In some ways, our faith seems to make forgiveness difficult.  Jesus teaches us to pray, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Matthew 6:12).  As if that were not enough, he tells Peter to forgive seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22).  Forgiveness can seem like an order to climb Everest.  But what if forgiveness weren’t an order from on high but a gift?

Forgiveness originates from God the Father, who sends His Son to forgive our misdeeds and to restore our relationship with God.  We receive this gift when we commit our lives to Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.  Forgiveness really is a gift of the Spirit.   When we think of forgiveness in this way, it is less a command to fulfill than a blessing to share.

This Lent at Grace we will look at Embracing Forgiveness, a DVD study, to help us let go of old pains, hurts and resentments and feel the healing gift of forgiveness.  This five-week discussion small-group class starts the week of February 21.  Contact Jim Purvis, jpurvisiii at aol dot com, our small group coordinator, or me John Gibson with your best days and times.  We want to offer groups convenient for you.  This class is open to members of the community, too!  All are invited!

Sign up today!  This Lent will transform your life!

Peace in Christ,

John

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