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Learning Forgiveness

This past month I’ve been confronted with Forgiveness in a new and fresh way.  For starters, we are studying the Godly Virtue of Forgiveness in all our Elementary environments at Trinity, and then I get the chance to teach a Child Dedication class this past week where I share about the power of reminding your kids that you’ll always forgive.  And then in the same week that I’ve been forced to eat some crow and ask someone to forgive me, I’ve also been in the position to forgive what somebody did to me.

With our Children we define Forgiveness as “Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay” and after the experiences of the past 3 weeks I’m going to back that up with a blog-worthy “AMEN!”

Here’s what I’m learning about Forgiveness this month:

  • When I choose to forgive, I’m empowering people to move on.
  • When I ask for forgiveness, I’m empowering people to move on.

 

  • When I choose to forgive my children, I’m demonstrating to them that I can be trusted.
  • When I ask my children to forgive me, I’m demonstrating to them that I can be trusted.

 

  • It’s good to ask for forgiveness, even if you don’t feel there is anything to pay.
  • It’s good to offer forgiveness, even if you don’t feel there is anything owed to you.

 

What do you know about this Forgiveness challenge?  Anything life has taught you about the power of forgiving?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

1 Comment

  1. Jared Massey · May 18, 2011

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to teach a lesson on forgiveness when just days  before you  told your wife you weren’t quite ready to forgive her for something petty she did two months ago?   You don’t? Oh. Me either.