Advent Day 14: The Gift of Forgiveness

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember there that another believer has something against you, leave your gift at the altar. First go away and make peace with that person. Then come back and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23-24

The gift of forgiveness may be the greatest gift you give or receive this year. Releasing a grudge, letting go of a hurt, saying “I’m sorry” relieves a burden that otherwise only grows heavier with time. A heart that cannot forgive is a life separated from God. We are forgiven by His grace to enable us to extend that same measure of grace to others.

Before you offer your gifts to God this Christmas, offer your forgiveness to others so that your heart is worthy to kneel before the Christ who gave His all to forgive us all.

Today’s Gift

You guessed it – forgive someone today. Make that phone call or meet for coffee with someone to grant or ask for forgiveness. If that person is no longer living, write a letter to them, pray over the letter and then send it off in a balloon or burn it. If you need to forgive yourself, talk with a trusted friend, pastor or counselor who will pray with you and help you release the pain, anger or exhaustion that living with years of unforgiveness can bring.

Sue Breland, Worship For One: Advent Emmanuel ©

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