Reflection: Forgiving our sin – that’s what Jesus does. What does that actually mean? What does he do with our sin? Or is it the relationship with the sinner that changes? Being compassionate, God forgives us, and refuses to pay us back for what we’ve done wrong. Forgiveness means our relationship is restored and we can approach God confidently and with boldness, realising that he doesn’t hold anything against us. Our punishment is removed from us as far as the East is from the West. Once confident of that, we have peace with God and can tell this Good News to others. Working with Australian Aboriginal people reminded us about how important relationships are in understanding what actually happens in forgiveness. And explaining it in relational terms made all the difference in peoples’ understanding. Sometimes it takes a while to discover how best to translate important concepts of Scripture.
Prayer: Please help us, Lord, to restore relationships by forgiving from our hearts. Amen.