Once again, I recently noticed a precious quote that I wrote in my 2020 journal during a time of need. This is what God gave me at that time, to speak to the specific situation I found myself in. He is so very, very faithful and present, always!
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. — Romans 12:21 [NLT]
Have you been abused? Have you been hurt by a dear friend? Have you been framed by another for his wrongdoing? As much as you try to move on are you still plagued by pain or resentment? How do you forgive these deepest cuts, especially when the transgressor refuses to admit their deeds?
Study: Matthew 6:5-15; 7:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35; Romans 12:9-21
Contemplate: God, what is forgiveness?
- Is it unilateral patience and love from me to another?
- Is it a form of absolution by operation of Your grace that is greater than the sum or repentance from one, and love from the other?
- Must a transgressor repent his deeds before his neighbor can forgive him?
- Is forgiveness a blessing that we are duty bound to confer upon our neighbor?
- Or is forgiveness a blessing unto ourselves to heal the pain that we feel?
- How do I let go of my pain?
- How do I look assailants in the eye?
- How do I forgive them?
Prayer: Gracious Father, as I long to fulfill the Golden Rule please give me Your grace that I need to forgive my deepest cuts and please watch over my neighbors so that we may live together in harmony as much as we are able. — Name Withheld
—Holy Questions–2014 Lenten Devotional Book, Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO