“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”
(An excerpt from The Our Father, or Lord’s Prayer)
What a powerful statement! This particular line calls on our Heavenly Father to forgive us the way we forgive others. We are asking him to use the same measuring stick to measure our transgressions as we use on those around us. It makes you think, doesn’t it?
It is 9/12. A new day. Every day that we wake we receive a new beginning. Another day to make good in the world. Forgiveness should be part of our days. We will never be perfect at forgiveness, but it is the effort put forth making peace that matters. It begins with us, individually. You see, we all have a candle burning within. Bright flames are filled with joy, peace and forgiveness. Every time we hold onto a little grudge or resentment or jealousy, our candle dims a little. Light will always win over darkness; it is up to us to let the light in. Harboring anger and hard emotions have the potential to snuff out our candle and destroy our potential of greatness and grace.
It is interesting to note how when you hold onto a grudge the only person that really gets dampened is the one holding on to the anger. And, I understand that some things are not easily forgiven, at least not on our own. It won’t always be easy, in most cases, it will be hard. Though, we shouldn’t let that be a deterrent towards our effort and we must rely on our Faith to carry us through. The Lord is our strength.
Today’s blessing for you is inner peace. May you find forgiveness and be forgiven. May all of our candles burn a little brighter so we can be a light for those around us.
Bible Reference: MT 18:21-35