We often hear how hard it can be to respond with forgiveness when wronged. Yet we are called to it nonetheless. What we don't hear about as often is the power that lies within this act of forgiveness. The triumph of Jesus over evil is shared with us as we forgive others as we have been forgiven by God.
The following was found written on a wrapping paper at Ravensbruck concentration camp in WW2:
"Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Remember rather the fruits we brought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness."
One of the things that is spiritually (and mentally) healthy for us is to count our blessings. This morning in Isaiah 63:7 I read these words: "I will tell of the Lord's unfailing love. I will praise the Lord for all he has done."
It is good to often crack open your book of remembrances and recall the times you've experienced his blessings. These come packaged in wrapping both mundane and spectacular, in the everyday boxes and the once-in-a-blue-moon boxes.
Pastor Ward Parkinson