A reflection on forgiveness (one of several)

Reflections for the day

Luke 15:3-7

 Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. –William Law

A reflection on forgiveness (one of several)

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world that we live in and thou hath created all things known to Man, and thou hath created all things that are unseen by Man.

Heavenly Father, thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father, and thou loves each and every one of us. Thou love for us is one that is all encompassing, thou love for us is one that hath no words to describe, and thou love for us is one that is not bound by time and energy. Thou love for us is one that enables us to love thou with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. Thou love is one that enables our love for thou to spill over into all our relationships, and thou love is one that enables us to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that many of us find it difficult to forgive those who have wronged us. We are able to see that for some of us it is difficult to let go of anger, and we are able to see that it is hard to forgive others when we are still angry. We are able to see that some of us desire to see that justice prevails, and that some of us see that to forgive in situations where justice is meted may be seen by others as condoning the act. We are able to see that some of us would prefer that those who have offended us, and those who have upset us, should not be forgiven as it is often seen by others as an avoidance of justice. We are able to see that some of us desire an outcome that can be described as an “eye for an eye” and a “tooth for a tooth.” We are able to see that some of us find it difficult to forgive if those who have offended us, and those who have upset us, have not said sorry for their actions against us.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into this world to save us from all our sin. We acknowledge that during the ministry of Our Lord Jesus Christ he revealed to Man that he had come to set us free, and we are able to see that this was a means by which we are able to turn to thou and to ask thou for forgiveness for all our sins. Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed to us upon the cross that love triumphs over evil by the words of forgiveness that was uttered from the cross for those who had condemned him, and by a response of a promise in paradise to the thief who repented from the cross where he died alongside Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are able to see that thou Scriptures teach Man that we need to confess all our sins to thou in order to be forgiven, and in order for us to have a righteous relationship with thou we need to repent. We are able to see that in order to restore what can be described as a right relationship with Man, we must confess to Man our wrong doings. We acknowledge that we cannot be right in our relationship with thou if we are wrong in our relationship with Man. We acknowledge that if Man has wronged us that thou desires us to be forgiving to Man always.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide us in our daily lives, we ask thou to help us understand that thou desire is for us to love thou neighbour. We ask thou to help us understand that those who have offended us, and those who have upset us, have the capacity for good. We hope and we pray that Man is able to reflect carefully upon the nature of forgiveness and is able to see that by forgiving we are able to free ourselves from the anger and the bitterness that we feel, and that by forgiving we are able to provide opportunities for others to transform their lives, and that by the power of forgiveness that we are able to draw nearer to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thou all that has been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who together with thouself and thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, reigns on most high and is, and was, and always will be the most supreme and most absolute power and being, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

You are invited to respond either by way of a comment or a prayer. Any prayers will be posted.

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Posted on April 22, 2012, in crucifixion, eternal life, forgiveness, love, peace, putting others first, spiritual growth, The Christian faith, The ministry of Jesus, The sin of anger and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. daphnewilliams

    When hurtful things or words are conveyed to us, bitterness can prevail but it is with strength of mind that we learn to forgive and try to forget. Father, we ask that thou help us to proceed the right way and pray for these people who harbour resentment. Amen

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