I recently read “The Struggles of Forgiveness,” a post on a very good blog on the website deepthinkings.wordpress.com. Well, the bump in the road was that I didn’t know exactly what I had done, but I had earlier sensed something amiss because of the way she was responding to me. So at my first opportunity, I asked if I had hurt her (keep in mind I was a visiting priest and this day was my third and last Sunday to be with this congregation). As the saying goes; “If looks could kill,” I wouldn’t be writing this today. At the end of the service I made one more attempt to find out why she was upset. I assured her that I honestly did not know what I had done but she apparently believed differently. Although the encounter was brief, it was painful, kind of like a stick from a needle. To this day I am not certain as to what the issue was (she never shared it with me), or whether she ever forgave me, but in my mind I’m okay with that. Perhaps she will one day forgive me for my “mystery act” until then the good news is that I believe God has forgiven me. On the surface there will be people who may never forgive us regardless of the time and emotion given to the circumstance. However, the heart that pursues God is a heart that in time will forgive others. Far deeper, is the reality of God’s measure of forgiveness that is always given to us.You may want to visit the sight for yourself as it got me thinking about the times when I have earnestly asked for forgiveness from someone and they looked at me like I was crazy. More specifically, I had one woman tell me to take it God and ask him for forgiveness. Since I had already given the matter over to God I smiled and assured her that I had already done that and was now asking for her forgiveness.
Matthew 6:12 Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Psalm 86:5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
Mark 11:25 ‘Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.’
Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”