"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Reflection from Jackie Pofahl:
Reflection: Forgiveness, for me, has a very special aspect. When I forgive another, I release myself from the bondage of the pain caused by whatever the event was that brought forgiveness as an option. There are issues in my life currently that require a great deal of understanding on my part to reach the point of forgiveness, and then to forgive. To not forgive will destroy me, physically, emotionally and spiritually with the bitter fruit of vengeance.
But that’s only the first part of forgiveness. The second part is related to my understanding of faith – that our Father will or will not forgive my trespasses. There’s always a quid pro quo in life, and this is a great statement reminding me of this. Just as I have faith that our Father is forgiving me of my trespasses, I work at forgiving those who trespass against me. We are all God’s children – I am a child of God. We need to treat each other as God treats his children, and I need to be ever cognizant of treating my fellow man as a child of God, and to forgive my fellow man as God would do.
Dear God, We can’t always know or understand what causes people to do what they do. Nor is it up to us to judge them, that’s your department. But if we can come to an understanding within ourselves that others act for reasons beyond our understanding and that to forgive them, despite the issue, will be the best that we can do for ourselves, God will lift the yoke of vengeance that would otherwise lie too heavily on our shoulders. Oh God, give us the faith in you, who ensures justice, that we may be relieved of this heavy burden by our forgiving those who trespass against us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!