Weekend Thought by Christine Paine

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One of the hardest things we ever have to do is learn to forgive.

The Bible has a great deal to say about forgiveness, which is not surprising as so much hangs on our willingness to put it into practise.

Apologies seem to flow much more readily in soap operas than they do in real life.

As the old song goes, “everybody hurts”. The need to find healing from being hurt is universal, but all too often we nurse being hurt because we don’t know what else to do.

By the time we think about taking a more forgiving attitude, time has moved on, but our pain holds us back, often for want of a trusted friend to talk us through.

In Jesus, we see a totally innocent person punished for sins that he did not commit, yet he was willing to erase the record of our sins as long as we admitted we were wrong.

We have to forfeit our pride and independence while he gave his life in the most horrific way in order to have us cleansed and ready to move on.

Could we ever imagine that even God would do this?

His sacrifice should not compound our pain – this act of love is intended to convince us of his eternal commitment to us: his love is stronger than all the hate in the world.

We need not be fearful of following him from the place of our pain to an unshakable faith in our worth in his eyes.

Countless men and women have not just committed their lives to Jesus but have gone through pain and on to live risen lives, just as he did.