Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:13

Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive

one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone when we feel we have been wronged or hurt. Emotions swirl around in our heads and we cannot think of anything except our pain. How can we overcome this? How can we prevent this hurt from turning to bitterness? We know that we must forgive, but being the first one to approach and try to heal the situation is not easy! Yet this is what we must do. Go before the Lord and open your hurting heart to Him. Tell Him of your fears and anxieties and your inability to think of forgiveness. He will fill you with His peace and His love and enable the healing process to begin. Jesus will help you to go to that person and be able to say, “I forgive you—will you forgive me?” His presence in the meeting will enable reconciliation to take place and peace and harmony to be restored!

Lord, how wonderful to know Your peace enfolding us when we have met one who has hurt us, or whom we have hurt, and seek to restore the relationship between us. Your forgiveness is a wonderful blessing!

Amen.