Today, October 30th, is National Forgiveness Day in the United States. Forgiveness is such a powerful characteristic of God, and healing tooling, that Jesus teaches about this phenominal concept during His first public sermon – The Sermon on the Mount.
In the Book of Matthew, chapter 6, Jesus gives us outline, example and pattern for prayer. Two thousand-plus years later, we still refer to it as “The Lord’s Prayer” (6:9-13). Immediately afterwards, beginning in verse 10, Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson about the act of forgiveness:
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye frogive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (KJV)
We live in a country that acknowledges the power of forgiveness by setting aside this day annually. Use this day for that purpose – forgive someone for their act of indescretion against you. It could be that they were just having a bad day – it may not have been a deliberate act. You will experience a lifted burden off of your shoulders through the act of forgiveness. After you have done so, go forward with the attitude, fortitude and enthusiasm to make this world a better place.
“This is the day which the LORD was made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 KJV