LENT, A TIME FOR DEEP REFLECTION. Forgiveness is one of the most important moral characteristics of any person. If one does not forgive another, he is usually miserable and defiant. Unforgiveness is like a cancer.  It destroys relationships in families, churches, businesses and communities as well as the peace and joy of life. No one really trusts an unforgiving person. This is true in every phase of life.

But, in the Christian realm, there is absolutely no place for unforgiveness. We cannot be saved unless God has forgiven us of our sins. The Disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them to pray; He told them how in Matthew 6:9-13. He continued giving them the guidelines for a fruitful and fulfilling life in Him. In Matthew 6:14-15 He said, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” FORGIVENESS is overcoming the barrier in the way of reconciliation and of redemption; this it the first of all God’s work of salvation.  It is highly improbable that we will really and truly forgive our fellowman unless, first, we have been forgiven by God through Christ.

Therefore, as we enter the Lenten Season 2014, remember that we are reflections, models, and examples of the Cross when we are of a forgiving attitude. To be unforgiving is to be unforgiven. You see, there is a cleansing and releasing for both the sinner who forgives and the sinner who is forgiven. Someone who shuts another out is shutting himself in. Both are prisoners of their own arrogance.

So, as we enter the Holy Season, remember that we can never experience complete forgiveness until we have put away all bitterness, envy, spite and hatred for others. We can never know the peace of God until we put away these things and forgive as we are forgiven. God knows that our asking for forgiveness is vain until we are ready to be broken and ready to restore any and all broken relationships with our fellowmen.  This would be a marvelous time to mend our relationships to God, family and the body of believers.