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Global Forgiveness Day

Posted on: August 27, 2009

I read this morning that today was “Global Forgiveness Day.”  It was being promoted as a day that everyone, all around the world, should practice forgiveness.  What a tremendous idea!

So I wanted to learn more about this Global Forgiveness Day and after some Google and Yahoo! searches learned that there really isn’t “one” such day.  There is “Global Forgiveness Day” and “International Forgiveness Day” and “World Forgiveness Day” and several others.  These different days have different dates and they are “sponsored” by different groups.  You could spend a fair amount of time just looking at the different days and groups on the Internet . . . I did.  My initial thought was that it was too bad everyone couldn’t get together and have one single day all around the world; less confusion, more unity, etc.  As I considered it further, however, I wondered if it would be better to have 365 groups sponsoring 365 “world forgiveness days” – because every day is the day to forgive!

I have another (longer) article started on forgiveness that I will publish later, but for today, just consider this (and think specifically of that person you haven’t forgiven):  Have you ever prayed the Lord’s Prayer?  Remember this part: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”? Is that really how you want God to forgive you?  . . . “as you forgive” . . . in other words in the same way that you forgive?

Shall I be more blunt?  Matthew 6:14-15:  “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  (emphasis mine)

Think about that today, on Global Forgiveness Day.

Relying upon forgiveness,

–M. Glenn Curran, III, Esquire

P.S.  If you want to meditate on forgiveness today, you might check out this collection of Scripture verses on the topic presented in random order (click on the link, then advance to different verses by pressing <F5>):  http://controlaltdispute.com/randomVerse/forgiveness.html

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