READ : Ephesians 4:29-32
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one other, as God in Christ has forgiven you. (v. 32)
In 1986 the Boston Red Sox were poised to win the World Series until first baseman Bill Buckner misplayed a ground ball, allowing the New York Mets to rally and ultimately win the championship. Red Sox fans blamed Buckner for their defeat, and he became an outcast in Boston. Just this past year (and only after winning two world titles) did the Red Sox bring Buckner back and honor him for his years as a player, thus signaling their forgiveness.
Mistakes can linger. Offenses can stay with us for a long time. We often hold and carry grudges toward those who have hurt us. While the world around us moves on, we become stuck in the past.
People can do and say some awful things. So can we! But we find our ability to move through the pain of past hurts when we remember that everybody needs forgiveness. God has taken away our reasons for not forgiving others by offering forgiveness to you and me for our sins. Taking the bold step of forgiving someone demonstrates maturity in your life, as well as a commitment to obey the One who calls us to be free.
Lord, give me the strength and courage to forgive as you have forgiven me. Amen.