Jesus commands us to forgive all those who have sinned against us. Why? Usually when we are angry we want revenge. We want the person who has hurt us to suffer. We want to see justice right now.
But anger is like cancer. It eats at our heart until we are very, very sick. It causes families to break apart; workers to hate their bosses; children to hate their parents; neighbors to hate one another. Anger and hatred go together like evil twin brothers, and hatred can lead to violence and even murder. We see this in the world all around us.
Do you feel angry? Is there someone you have not forgiven? TODAY is the day to change your heart. Ask Jesus to come in and heal the hurt that causes the anger. Ask Jesus to fill your heart with forgiveness, goodness, and mercy, instead of anger and hatred. Ask Jesus to heal you - to take away the cancer of anger and make your heart healthy and clean.
If you are a Catholic Christian and have anger in your heart, TODAY is a good day to go to the Sacrament of Confession and tell everything to the Lord, out loud. Ask Him to forgive you for your anger, and to heal your heart. He wants nothing more than to send you away clean and healthy. Advent is a good time to clean our hearts - to make sure there is no heart cancer within us.
Perhaps you have been terribly wronged - someone did something to you that feels impossible to forgive. Do you remember the words of Jesus on the cross, for the soldiers who were torturing and killing Him? "Father forgive them. They know not what they do." Jesus shows us the way. We don't have to FEEL like we forgive. We have to CHOOSE to forgive, and ask Jesus to heal us. He wants to fill us with His mercy. And He wants us to show mercy to others, even those who have wronged us. Mercy to EVERYONE is the way of Jesus.
Jesus, I trust in YOU!
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I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.