Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 11, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 11, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Jesus prayed, "And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors"
Quite frankly, I do not always want to forgive.
I want to hold on to my anger, hurt, and sense
of injustice. Yet Jesus taught we need daily
forgiveness in our relationships with God and
others (Matthew 18:35, Mark 11:25). We are to
forgive from our hearts those who have wronged
us. We are not to be vengeful, bitter,
unforgiving, or harbor resentment.
Forgiveness is a critical issue and greatly
affects our mental and emotional health. A
friend of mine recently completed her training
as a social worker. Her internship had been
at a mental health center. While it was
fascinating to discuss the psychological and
philosophical theories about the cause and
affect of mental health disorders, a spiritual
dimension seemed to be missing.
One day I asked her if she or her colleagues had
ever considered doing a spiritual assessment with
their clients. She had never considered the
possibility and was intrigued. She listened
closely as I spoke of my experiences while
working as a hospital chaplain with clients
struggling with alcohol and drug abuse issues.
Many of those clients had never forgiven themselves
for ruining their lives and the lives of people who
had once loved and trusted them. As a result, some
had harbored soul deep feelings of bitterness and
resentment for years. Their unforgiving attitudes
festered into a spiritual poison, which sabotaged
their success in defeating their drug and alcohol
Forgiveness is a critical spiritual concern. Sooner
or later, an unforgiving attitude will affect our
well being. This can severely damage our mental,
emotional, and physical health. Important personal
relationships will eventually be poisoned and lost.
Ask God for help with today's reflection.
Forgiveness is never easy but the peace of mind
that results is priceless.
God, forgive my sins and forgive those who have
sinned against me. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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