Let it go: Create a new path for new beginnings
Friday, February 12
Brent Bartenfeld, member of RPC since 1998
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." - Luke 23:34
Facing his accusers, having gone through an excruciatingly painful and humiliating road to the cross, Jesus looks to the Heavens and to His Father and says these words. Among many of the stories and events in the Bible, I feel this is one of the most powerful. It has always stayed with me. I can only imagine that the first time I read this passage, I had to re-read it. Forgive, why? After more reading and understanding of Jesus' life, I can only say - Absolutely! Because that is the example for His followers.
Being able to forgive seems like such an easy concept, but it is not as easy to follow. I know I have not always lived up to His example to be able to forgive all who trespass against me. My response has not always been a good example for others to see, much less what it has done to me internally.
My advice during this season of Lent? Let it go! It takes courage and strength to let things go and allows you to truly move forward. What about those who find it hard to forgive? The unwillingness to forgive can chain us to our past, not allow us to realize our true potential, be an example to others, or allow us to truly experience internal peace. I believe that the days ahead of us are much greater than the ones behind us.
What are you holding on to? Who or what have you never been able to truly forgive? A friend, a spouse, someone who's wronged you, a situation you are in, or perhaps even yourself. Luckily, we don't have to use forgiveness sparingly. Jesus, by his words, instructs us as to how often we should forgive.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Matthew 18:21-22
Now, during this season of Lent, is the time to - Let it go!
Dear Lord, open our hearts and minds so that we may freely and truly forgive. May the act of forgiveness take on a new meaning in each one of us during this season of Lent. Through this act, help us to create a new path for new beginnings. Amen