“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:23 NRSV

Thought

The power of forgiveness lies in its immediacy. One of the most difficult things to understand about God’s forgiveness is that you ask and you receive, right then, on the spot. There is no pause for explanation or qualification, no caveats about repentance and atonement. Forgiveness is a real-time experience. It is God’s grace at work in your life at that very moment.

Prayer

God, I hold back before I am ready to forgive others. I pray for the generosity of spirit to forgive others wholeheartedly and without hesitation. Amen.

Assurance

Forgiveness is forgiving forever.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012