Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes – Forgiveness

We’ve all done it at one time or another – said or done something that hurt another person. Maybe we meant to hurt them, or maybe we didn’t. But regardless of our intent, the fact remains, our actions have negatively impacted another person. What do we do then?

Perhaps one of the hardest things for us as human being to do is to say, “I’m sorry.” It’s very humbling to admit we have done something wrong, and we hate to do it. But do it we must! It is the right thing to do, and it can bring healing and wholeness to another person.

Is there someone in your life that you have hurt? I want to challenge you to go to them and apologize. Say you’re sorry. Ask them for forgiveness.

And is there someone in your life who has hurt you? Then take a moment today to forgive them. Let it go! Leave the past in the past and walk into the future free from that bitterness and pain.

I’m not saying this is going to be easy. But it will be worth it…

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Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2017 Bill Waterson.

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. Guidance Counsellor. High School Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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2 Responses to Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes – Forgiveness

  1. Peter Brooke says:

    Thank you, Chris, for this important reminder and encouragement regarding the forgiveness we need to extend both to ourselves (when we fail others or mess up again) and to others. We sometimes conveniently overlook the truth that inasmuch as we are willing to forgive others from our hearts, following through with our words and actions, our heavenly Father will forgive us and show us His incredible mercy! As it says in James, “mercy triumphs over judgment”. May we all be recipients of God’s mercy and out of the gratitude and joy that brings may we freely extend mercy and forgiveness to others, even our “enemies”.
    Peter

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