Dublin First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ

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Tyler's Take

One of the most difficult things in life is to forgive someone when you have been hurt; especially when you have been deeply wounded by another person’s actions or words.  Forgiveness is difficult because it often goes against our human nature to grant mercy to someone who has harmed us in a way that is deeply painful and undeniably personal.  It is illogical to offer clemency to such a person because we feel they do not deserve it or that they would not do the same for us.

The same can be true of seeking forgiveness.  When WE are the ones that have caused harmed to another – either physically, emotionally or psychologically – it is incredibly difficult to seek that person out and ask that they forgive us for the harm that we have caused.  Such action, seeking the forgiveness of another, is also against human nature, as we would rather do anything but lower ourselves to the place that true repentance requires.  This is why we often put off the act of seeking forgiveness because it is so uncomfortable, so shame-inducing and so humbling to a point that forces us to relive what we have done and make restitution for our hurt in a way that costs something from us.

Even with all of this being said, Jesus still demands that we both seek forgiveness and receive forgiveness for He knows all to well healing power of true forgiveness.  Jesus knows that forgiveness frees us from the pain of past mistakes and is the only true mode of moving forward in life, past the harm that we have caused or that others have caused to us.  With this is in mind, forgive others and receive the forgiveness of others so you may be free and so that God may forgive you for the hurt your sins have caused to the One who loves you so much that He forgives as easily as He forgets.