Life often seems unfair. We all face situations in which someone harms or wrongs us, either intentionally or accidentally. We may be struggling with unfairness or injustice in relation to:
- A person who has caused us or someone close to us injury or pain.
- An injury or illness that has made an impact on our lives.
- A boss or co-workers.
- A spouse or significant other.
- Family members or friends.
We respond to injustice in any number of ways – with anger, frustration, sadness, confusion, depression, shame. Sometimes we direct our rage at the person or situation that we believe has wronged us. We do damage to ourselves and to our loved ones. If we don’t deal with these emotions, they can grow until they take up so much room in our minds and souls that they become obstacles in our lives.
A wise person once told me that holding on to a grudge or resentment is like drinking poison and hoping that the other person dies. The poison rots our spirit while the other person goes about her merry way.
Forgiveness can be the cure. Learning to forgive those who hurt us can help us move past painful emotions and face the future with a lighter, more hope-filled spirit. We can follow the lead of Jesus, who healed the sick and forgave sinners. We can look to the model of God, who forgives us time and again. We can heal ourselves by forgiving others.
We will be talking a lot about forgiveness in the coming weeks. Lent is a time of repentance, a time to ask God to forgive us for the things we have done wrong. It can also be an opportunity for us to forgive others and ourselves.
All so the healing can begin.
— Pastor Gage