Sometimes we are triggered to go back to past offenses that we have suffered and replay in our mind the pain and hurt that we received. That causes us to hold grudges or hold resentment against another. It is not helpful to hold on to that memory when we just replay it and allow the resentment to deepen. Rather it keeps us captive and the grudge grows which limits our ability to engage in relationships with others. Once we forgive someone we should move on.
Secondly, we should not curse the offense and share it with others by gossiping about the offender. We sometimes are drawn to that as a way of getting even or leveling up to them. We should not continue to bring up the offense once we have forgiven them.
Finally, do not nurse it. Do not try to think, “I can not believe they…” or “I should have…”. Leave it alone and move on. Jesus is the model of forgiveness. We see Him forgive on the cross not because the soldiers deserved it but out of love for them. He forgives them and moves on to complete His mission of redeeming the world.
We are invited not to rehearse, curse, or nurse offenses against us. Rather as disciples, we are invited to forgive as Christ did and live like our Teacher and Savior.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, reflect on your attitude towards forgiveness. May we follow the example of Christ, and fulfill the words of the Our Father when we pray, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We are all affected by sin and the more we cling to unforgiveness, the more we allow the enemy to keep our attention off the presence and love of God.
We also had our largest turnout ever for the Easter Egg Hunt and Basket Blessing. Thank you to Jen Livermont, our Coordinator of Discipleship for Families, and all those who helped with that event as it was a great way to call people forth at SJB and invite them to more powerful events at SJB! We pray that all those who attended will be drawn back to SJB and take the next step on their journey to holiness.