Forgiveness

Here’s a thoughtful and good essay by an Orthodox priest on forgiveness.

http://fatherstephen.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/to-cultivate-a-forgiving-heart/

Too often we think, “Yes, we must forgive,” but then do not act as if our salvation depends on it.  Perhaps the sin that leads to death is the refusal to forgive, which blasphemes the Holy Spirit by whom we forgive and who brings us forgiveness through the sacraments.  When we don’t forgive, we call the Holy Spirit a liar.

O God, our heavenly Father, teach us by your Spirit through the example of your Son, to forgive as we have been forgiven that your glory may be known and that we may be called sons of God.  Have mercy on me, a sinner, and do not hold my unforgiving heart against me, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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