Forest Lake Talks

The Fifth Week of Lent – Monday

March 30, 2020

by Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook editor

LUKE 6:37-38

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

What are you struggling to forgive today — in yourself or in others? Why are you holding on to regret or grievances rather than accepting God’s forgiveness and
opening yourself, your relationships, your communities, to the loving transformation
that accompanies grace and mercy? Is there someone you need to contact to either extend or ask for forgiveness? Do it.

Forgiving God, we struggle with patterning our lives after your character. You forgive the most egregious of actions done even to your Son. We refuse to let go of minor affronts and picayune mistakes. We thank you for showing us mercy. We accept your forgiveness, we commit to repentance, we will extend your grace to the world you so
love. Amen.

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