There’s no doubt that we all need reminders of forgiveness–both to be forgiven and to forgive. Maybe that’s why there’s Forgiveness Day on June 26, Global Forgiveness Day on August 27, and International Forgiveness Day on the first Sunday in August.
Forgiveness is far more important than we realize. There are all kinds of studies that support how essential forgiveness is for mental and physical health.
But the problem is that forgiveness is so difficult! It’s counter intuitive to our basic human nature–which is to deflect and blame.
Forgiveness takes work. It takes God’s help. Personally, I think it’s all God’s work.
So, on this day set aside to celebrate forgiveness, take a moment today and think through your life. Consider those you have have wronged, and ask those persons to forgive you. Just as important, sift through your life for any grudges you’re holding onto. Ask God for help to forgive those individuals. It isn’t a one-step process, like a light switch. It’s a continual process. Trust that forgiveness will come, and move on.
Even better…strive to make each day Forgiveness Day. Now…that’s something worth celebrating.
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).