After I went to Confession this morning I began to consider forgiveness. As I did, I returned again and again to myselfbut I don't mean egotistically. I reflected on when we sin, especially when it's that embarrassing, stupid, every-time sin, and how we tend to get upset with ourselves, feel ashamed, and many other things. For the one who has faith, he looks to Christ to forgive him. This in itself is not bad at all.
I then began to wonder: We reach out to be forgiven and we entreat God with sighs and tears. But the truest fruit of that forgiveness (and mercy) is a conversion, a change of heart. But I think there is another aspect, namely that we have to allow ourselves to be forgiven as well. If there is a gift that someone gives it must also be received. And how do we receive a gift? With gratitude, of course.
The gift of forgiveness, however, is no mere gift. It is one of the greatest gifts.
We should consider how the Lord sees us when He forgives us: he is like the bridegroom
I have to say this was just a random browsing. But what this priest has said bears much wisdom and reminder that we as humans sin, and as we ask our Heavenly Father for forgiveness so too must we forgive our neighbours.
"be merciful as the Heavenly Father is merciful."- Luke 6:36
And whenever we open our hearts ready to hear the Words of God. He speaks.
This should be our daily contemplation;
Are our hearts open to hear the voice of God?
For as Saint James has said "Move closer to God and God will move closer to you." - James 4:8
Further more the more we are in tuned with God the less we are in tuned with the noise in the world.
Thank You, Jesus for answering an unasked question.
By which I mean...a question I didn't ask out loud.
I must remember to be still. For in being still and silent, we hear God.
Psalm 46:10- "Be still and know that I am God" says The Lord our God.
Such a thought had come to mind you see, and a person whom I have been trying to forgive over and over came to mind again.
I have a hard time accepting this person.
Though he is family. I acknowledge him as a part of the family but I have not made entire peace with him, internally.
it doesn't matter what the person has done. What does matter though is how many times am I going to forgive this person every time he comes into my mind?
What really does matter, is how many times am I going to choose Jesus instead of the World.
thank you, to whoever who shared this post at an FB page. Thank You, Jesus for speaking to me even when I am not listening most of the time. I pray to listen more intently.
By letting go, it means our hands are open to brand new things which bears a greater promise than the last. For the Lord God Jesus our Redeemer and Saviour has given us a covenant, a great promise which involves not just one group but an entire nation which envelopes all mankind.
But are we listening to Him?
this is a challenge we must challenge ourselves with every day.
So we pray to try our best to hear Him speak. I pray to try my best to hear Him speak.
Such powerful words that it struck me so deeply...that it reminded me again that I am such a sinner ;
"Pray so you can forget the people you dislike..."
- Fr. Pat B.
This is a reminder to listen to what Jesus our Lord has taught us to do :
To love one another.
...and this also reminds me that I am a forgiven and loved sinner, in Jesus. this is a great sign of His mercy and grace for you and me...
"Here I am Lord, to do Your will" - Hebrews 10:7-9
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