Weekly Devotional — Feb. 10, 2014

Read Matthew 18:21-35 here.
Forgiveness. Easy concept? Not always. Nearly all of us experience people who inflict minor “wrongs” on us in our daily lives. Whether a co-worker, a neighbor, a family member, or other people in our lives, we have all been on the receiving end of insensitive comments, thoughtless actions, or downright deliberate and hurtful acts. Sometimes these little things simmer and eventually turn into full-scale resentments.In these cases, forgiveness is easy if the offender admits guilt and asks for forgiveness. The problem? Rarely does anyone admit that he or she is wrong or ask us for forgiveness. The bigger problem is that rarely is a sin completely one-sided.

So how do we forgive a person who doesn’t ask or may not even know that he or she needs to be forgiven? What I remind myself is that the only thing that can free us from resentment is real forgiveness. No matter what was done (or not done), the sin — or my perception of it — probably does not do me nearly the harm that I do to myself by holding on to the resentment, dwelling on the bad acts, or feeling sorry for myself.

We must choose to forgive. While reading a recent devotion, the author said that “forgiveness is bearing the wrong or injury yourself and choosing to remember it no more.” Like Christ did for us, forgiveness means I need to unilaterally hand out a clean slate – and really mean it. The bottom line is that forgiveness is not trying to pretend that the sin never happened. It is not trying to forget. Forgetting comes after forgiveness, not before.

So as all of life’s little wrongs begin building to resentment, choose to forgive and hand a clean slate . . . and then truly forget.

— Cal Watson

Devotionals like this are written and shared by the men of Shandon United Methodist Church. We call ourselves the “Sons of Thunder.” If you have a reflection that you’d like to share, email Rob at Rtyson@sowellgray.com.

3 thoughts on “Weekly Devotional — Feb. 10, 2014

  1. Catchy name…Sons of Thunder! We just talked about the 3 disciples that Jesus gave nicknames to yesterday- The Rock & Sons of Thunder. Thanks for the reminder that forgiveness is as much for us as it is for the one we forgive. Blessings!

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