March 24, 2020

During the season of Lent, we often hear about the theme of forgiveness.  In my experience, we are much quicker to forgive others than we are to forgive ourselves.

I bet if we all tried, we could remember something we’ve said in the past that makes us cringe.  I know for me personally, I can remember my faux pas in such agonizing detail.  I recall my exact words, who all heard me say them, where I was, and what the conversation consisted of leading up to it.  But take a moment to think – can you remember the same specifics of anything that anyone else has said in your presence?  Likely not.

Years ago, I read that when we dwell on our guilt, we are deciding that we know better than God.  Meaning that if we fully accepted His grace and forgiveness that is given so abundantly, we would not need to feel such guilt.  Ephesians 1:7 tells us, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”

As we approach Easter Sunday, I’d encourage you to think about the guilt you are carrying.  Spend some time in prayer and ask God to relieve you of this burden.  The truth is – He already has, through the gift of his Son, Jesus.

– Morgan Jones, Hospitality Coordinator