This Month's Promise

“...As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

- (Joshua 24:15)

Read: Romans 12: 17-21


“... A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51: 17)

When there has been a separation in a relationship and things are made right through repentance and forgiveness, there is a wonderful moment of release that words cannot describe. Tim Jackson writes of his experience as follows: “I was finishing my senior year of graduate studies and was hard pressed to complete one of my final research projects. My job had kept me working overtime for several weeks so I felt pressured to try to finish it with less amount of time left. I decided to stay at home on a Sunday morning and that particular Sunday was my wife’s first Mother’s day. We had waited eight years for our first child. This was a big event for her. At Church, mothers were honored, asked to stand and given a flower. But I was not there to honor her as I was focused on my research project. I will never forget the mixture of pain, shame and anger I saw in her eyes as she returned home. In tears she tore up the flower and threw it away. I was stunned. I realized that I had crushed her by being insensitive and oblivious to her needs. Never again would there be a first Mother’s Day and I had missed an opportunity to honor her. Slowly I went to her and apologized. I had no excuses, my failure was obvious. I asked her forgiveness. We talked, embraced and wept. The paper did not seem important anymore. She offered me the gracious gift of forgiveness that opened the door to build our lost relationship.”

A high price is required for both sides involved in the forgiving process. For the offended the cost is relinquishing the demand to seek revenge or cancelling the debt owed and seeking the restoration of the repentant person. For the offender, the cost involves humble confession and repentance, refusal to hide what he did, taking ownership for what he did and accepting full responsibility for his actions. It also involves making restitution wherever possible, humility. Dear friends, let us forgive those who have hurt us and let us also extend forgiveness to those who approach us for reconciliation.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for reminding me that the message of gospel is forgiveness that leads to reconciliation and restoration of the broken relationship. Though the cost of forgiveness is high, since the price is worth the joy of restoration let me forgive others unconditionally. Amen.