Forgiveness (And Why We Should Practice It)
Today’s post is actually my guest post on Parga’s Junkyard. Please be sure to click over and read!
Mark 11:25 (NIV)
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
As children, we’re taught to forgive and forget. Johnny pulls your hair in math class, and you get over it. Suzy tells Jenny to stop being your friend, and you learn to get over it. But, then we grow up, and the “trespasses against us” become much more real.
As adults, we have such huge “issues” to deal with. Perhaps a co-worker has taken the idea we had at lunch and presented it to the boss — and then received a promotion. Or maybe someone was responsible for the accidental death of our beloved Fido. Even worse yet, our husband or wife may have been tempted by another and left us.
Our world is full of people who have wronged us, and “forgive and forget” becomes this cliche at which we scoff.