Forgiveness is for the one doing the forgiving, not the one being forgiven. One person in a hurtful situation may forgive even if the other person involved is unable or unwilling to seek or offer forgiveness. In fact, forgiving is for us, not for the other person. To be free of the past’s hurts, we need to forgive whether the ones who hurt us acknowledge their part in the situation or not.
—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t
forgive others, neither will your Father forgive
—Matthew 6:14-15 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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