Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning. Desmond Tutu

Meditation: If somebody asks me “Why are you a Christian?  Why not another religion? There are so many to choose from?” I think one of the main reasons that I am still a Christian would be the clarity with which Jesus embodied the experience of forgiveness at the center of his life, of his teachings and even of his dying experience. There is no other religion that interrupts the cycle of violence the same way. If I can forgive the person who wronged me, I am free. I am free from having to retaliate. I might still need to protect myself from the other person’s rage by either leaving or drawing boundaries. But I am no longer part of the spiral of destruction. I am a new creation. And the other person, whether they accept forgiveness or not (yet), they have the chance of a new beginning as well. Whether they choose the chance of becoming free of hatred, guilt and shame is up to them. The offer is there.

Prayer: God of Grace, help me to forgive the one who wronged me. Fill me with Your Spirit so I am able to forgive the one who treated me unfairly. Set me free from the addiction to pain, revenge and hatred. Help me shake off the poisons of anger and hatred and instead surround me with the shield of genuine forgiveness. I pray that the new that is possible will begin inside of me and then also inside of the one who wronged me. Thank you for Your amazing gift of forgiveness. Amen

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2. Corinthians 5:17


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