DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2021

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Mark 11:25 (NLT)

(Jesus said) “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against;  so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

Forgiveness is such an essential foundational beam for a healthy life.  The Gospel is built on it.  Christ died to open a forgiveness pathway.  Throughout our lives, we face many opportunities for resentment—with parents, with people who have been violent or unjust.  “One of the givens of life is that we will be wronged.  We will be wronged by family, by coworkers, by our boss.  It is not merely that we will not be treated as we deserve;  rather, we will be wronged.  People will take advantage of us.  Others will speak ill of us and, through gossip or slander, seek to destroy our credibility.  Our only hope for vitality over the long haul is that we learn to let go of resentment… Unresolved resentment in our hearts will come out in ways that deeply undermine our capacity to thrive.”*  A trusted spiritual director can help you uncover and deal with things lurking in the dark shadows of your heart and mind that are sabotaging spiritual growth, forward progress, and healthy relationships.  Forgiveness!  It is a supernatural act empowered by the Holy Spirit.  (see The Art of Forgiving:  When You Need to Forgive and Don’t Know How, by Lewis Smedes)  

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