Readings for the day:
My chaplain once shared a story of a man that keep records of people’s offences against him. He has this ‘big’ book that he writes the kind of guilt that was done to him, the way the person acted, the time of the incident and the day of occurence. Within a month or thereabout, the book was already filled up. He noticed he’s already irritated towards everyone around and he decided to get help.
The only advice that was given to him during spiritual direction was to tear his dear ‘book’ and seek proper reconciliation with those that hurt him, until then, he cannot find peace in his heart. So, the man set out to do this and he experienced true peace that stem out from forgiveness.
Are we like this man, that though we don’t have a book but our mind is filled up with graves of hurts and scars of hatred and we are finding it hard to forgive. Let us seek the master(christ) who is the true healer and sought him to teach us how to forgive, until then, we cannot enjoy true peace of mind. It may require tearing down self(ego) and other things that can block our reconciliation with our brother.
If a brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; and if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times, and says ‘I repent’, you must forgive him” says the lord. This is a hard saying from our lord.. Look at the statement again ‘you must forgive him”(this is a pointer for me specially because of my temper sometimes).. But ‘how do i know whether he has repented’, we say. That’s not up to us to determine whether or not he has truly repented, remember, from the psalm, ‘God discerns all thoughts from afar”. Let’s leave the repentance for God to decide. Ours is to forgive just like our heavenly father forgives us and never get tired of doing such.
Let us therefore turn to christ to teach us how to truly forgive our brother so that in doing such we can be truly called his disciple.