Thought For The Week, By Barbara Garry, September 11

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I am sure we can all remember being forgiven in our lives. Be it in our childhood and we had had a quarrel with our siblings and Mum and Dad had said ‘Now you two make up with each other’ to when in adult life we offend somebody or somebody offends us and we say ‘I forgive you’.

In the Bible Ephesians chapter 4 verse 32 says ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as in Christ God forgave you’. When we realise how much Christ has forgiven us, as in not acknowledging Him in our lives and living with sin in our lives, it is so much easier to extend forgiveness to others. We as Christians are not perfect but with God’s grace evident in our lives and from the reading of scripture and putting it into practice, we are able to forgive.

I fully realise that there are depths of wrongs dealt out to us that are far more difficult to extend forgiveness to but as Christians God does help us in being able to move through to extend complete forgiveness.

From my experience in life when anybody has upset me or said something to hurt, it has been a wonderfully releasing thing to say ‘I forgive you’. When we have truly forgiven, we can then move forward without bitterness or anger toward that person who has offended and be a better person for it.