October 29, 2012
Ephesians 4: 32-5:8
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient.T herefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
The Gift of Forgiveness
Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.
[Ephesians 4: 32]
Mrs. Hannah was a widow in Colorado. Her daughter was murdered. The killer was convicted and sentenced. But Mrs. Hannah could not forgive him. Worse yet, her bitterness destroyed all her peace of mind and heart. One day she remembered Jesus’ words: “Love your enemies.” Then and there she surrendered to Jesus, bought a Bible, wrote a note of forgiveness in it, and sent it to the prisoner. It changed not only his life but also hers.
Before receiving the note, he feared God would never forgive him. After receiving it, he realized that if she could forgive him, God could too. Mrs. Hannah’s act of forgiveness dissolved her bitterness and filled her with deep inner peace. How can I scale the walls that keep me from forgiving as Mrs. Hannah did?
Forgiveness is the fragrance a violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
—Excerpted from Mission,
by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, this day we say “Yes” to your mercy. We will acknowledge our break in trust with you and others. We will ask forgiveness and move forward with integrity. If we feel unworthy of your forgiveness and move away from you, we are simply imposing a limit on your love. Lord, give us the grace to embrace your forgiveness and help us to understand how we are to forgive when we have been deeply hurt.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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