Journey to the Cross
Saturday, March 19
Addie Searcy, RPC high school student and Confirmation Class of 2012
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
As I think about Jesus and how he lived, forgiveness comes to my mind immediately. I am grateful for Jesus teaching the importance of love and forgiveness. I must love others, as I want to be loved. I know that even though I may sin, God still loves and forgives me. I turn to a loving God, learning from my mistakes, and knowing that I am forgiven for my sins.
As a senior in high school, I strive to be non-judgmental and forgiving of others. On a daily basis, I hear people judging one another throughout the halls of my high school. I am surrounded by judgment and at times, it is hard for me not to judge. However, as I live my life and grow in my faith, I know God has me in the palm of God's hand and is guiding and protecting me.
It is my hope that I am able to continue to grow, loving and forgiving others as I want to be loved and forgiven. I am reminded of this as I think of the reading in Luke 23:34 as Jesus tells our Heavenly Father to "forgive them" speaking of the Roman soldiers. It is amazing to know that Jesus will forgive all of us for the sins we commit each day. If we simply call to him, we will be blessed with abundant love and the tremendous capacity to forgive. I know I am young and have a full life ahead of me. I look to continue to strengthen my faith and grow in my knowledge of scripture, continuing to love others and forgive.
It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. ~ Maya Angelou
Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer... please help me to live each day striving to be forgiving of myself so that I may love and forgive others around me. I am so grateful to you for your forgiving ways and for loving me unconditionally. You are an awesome God! In your name, Amen