Forgiveness is…

      Forgiveness is a demand of righteousness. It is also a quality of life. The type of forgiveness displayed in the Grace of God, in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, indicates to us the quality of that love and that not predicated upon quantity of our sin.
     Paul writes, “By one man sin entered the world, the first “Adam” and that by the “last Adam” sin was remitted. Rm 5:12, I Co 15:45 The fact that iniquity (sin realized) came by one and was eternally paid for by the other show us that in Christ the sum of our needs for forgiveness is complete, once for all. That is true grace, in its essence. The hard part of all of this is the demand of righteous living that we be conveyors of that kind of forgiveness to others.
     Jesus said, “Forgive others or you will not be forgiven by your Father in Heaven.” Mt 6:13-14 What a challenge! It is easy to receive forgiveness when we are wrong, but what about when others are the ones doing the wrong.
     Forgiveness is first a choice to be obedient to the call of righteousness. The emotions come later. Forgiveness is not necessarily a feeling, at all. It is a decision to extend the grace of God to others, and preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. It is living like Jesus with intent. It is becoming a radical in a world of stagnant philosophies of humanity. It is choosing to be a peacemaker, and not a peace taker. Any chance denying bitterness of taking root in our community, relationships, and society, we take. It is a choice of edification instead of defilement.
     Love is always a challenge. Today, may the Holy Spirit reveal to you the challenge of forgiveness?

  “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.    If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”  Mt 6:13-14  message

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About Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

Disciple of Jesus Christ with a Progressive Message, Author, Franciscan Friar, Musician, Social Activist, and Urban Missionary View all posts by Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

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