The Gift of Forgiveness

Christmas Eve 2011

In a matter of hours, the exchanging of Christmas gifts will begin. Kids and adults alike will be excited to learn what presents are hidden under the tree. It is the favorite time of year for many. When it comes to gifting, we often say “It is better to give than to receive”. I’m sure you can reflect on the excitement you’ve had when a friend or loved one unwrapped a gift you carefully selected for them or the feeling you’ve had after giving your time to aid someone in need. It truly is better to give than receive.

One gift that is both wonderful to give and to receive is the gift of forgiveness. When we forgive a fellow human being, both parties are blessed. The ultimate form of this gift is when God forgives us of our sins. When we ask God for his forgiveness, we should remember Matthew 6:14-15, which says “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” This is an important verse to remember when we are contemplating forgiving someone or asking God to forgive our own sins.

I wish all who read this a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. I hope this weekend you are filled with the joy of giving and the thankfulness of receiving. In addition, I hope your heart finds 2012 as the year to bless others and yourself by giving the gift of forgiveness.

Merry Christmas,
Lendol Vest