12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[f] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Tonight I was reminded of this quote and one-line reflection. It does not need any explanation, however it does need to ruminate in our souls as we read it in partnership with Paul’s letter to the Colossians. May you be free, friends.
Before Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, left prison, he is rumoured to have said,
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
Forgiveness does not make you weak. It sets you free.
God, sometimes bitterness and hatred feel like constant companions. Help to set my heart free as I hand them over to you and as I live a life of forgiveness and love. Amen.
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