Thought of the Day October 21, 2019 Forgiveness

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"Accordingly, there are five kinds of forgiveness in the Bible. First is Judicial Forgiveness. This is the eternal forgiveness of all sins of the one who has trusted Christ, (Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:7). Second is Paternal Forgiveness. This is restoration of fellowship with God after we committed sin. The conditions are twofold: a) Confession (1John 1:9; John 13:4-10); (b) Forgiveness of others. Third is Personal Forgiveness. This is the restoration of our fellowship with others. This is so important because Jesus teaches us that we are forgiven if we are willing to forgive others, (Matt. 6:14-15). Fourth is Social forgiveness. This is restoration of our fellowship with society, (John 8:1-10). This may be a personal attitude or getting ourselves involved in programs and ministries of our parish. Fifth is Ecclesiastical Forgiveness. This is restoration of fellowship with the church (2Cor. 2:5-11). This forgiveness assumes a prior discipline by the church. The purpose of discipline is restoration; and forgiveness assumes repentance and restoration."

God gives us the grace to be forgiven and to forgive. Sometimes we can accept the former but have difficulty with the latter. Why? Our focus is on ourselves and the hurt caused by the other to us. It is as if we become god and we demand restitution for the hurt. We  want our "pound of flesh." What if God treated us the same way. In fact, Jesus said: "If you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven." We need to think about that the next time we choose not to forgive another. Forgiveness is not an option but a necessity in the life of a disciple of Jesus.

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