Peace through Forgiveness

Sometimes we love poorly. We let fear get in the way and prejudice, injustice and greed come out. The great divide in our society today comes from fear – we don’t want to lose what we have. We can’t listen and learn another point of view. We can’t seek to understand in case it turns out we are wrong.

How can there be peace in times like this? Perhaps, it’s going to take the really hard practice of forgiveness.

  • Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family. -Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. -Corrie Ten Boom
  • “Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” ― Harriet Nelson
  • When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. -- Bernard Meltzer
  • Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God's own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us. – Richard Rohr

May we pray to be peace-makers by practicing forgiveness. The gift we receive from our heavenly Father.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to be people of peace who are forgiving, loving and compassionate, made in the image of God.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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