PARDON DAY

TL 9-8 PARDON DAY

On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon of all wrongdoing in the famous Watergate scandal. While a Presidential pardon is quite a big deal, an even more important and eternal pardon was made a very long time ago on a hill called Calvary by Christ Jesus.

The pardon offered to us by God’s own Son has eternal merit. It is not only offered to the rich and affluent, but it is offered to everyone regardless of race, background or social standing.

Christ paid the supreme sacrifice to forgive us of our sins. On this INTERNATIONAL PARDON DAY, won’t you accept the free gift given for you so long ago? As Christ forgave us, so we are to forgive each other.

If you are holding a grudge against those who have committed some offense against you, Pardon Day grants you a valid reason to check your feelings and the time that has passed, and to let that resentment and anger go.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

If you refuse to forgive (even if not asked to) it will take a toll on your attitude, life and eventually your very health and well-being. Research has proven that people who make a choice to give up resentment toward others live longer and have better cardiovascular and nervous systems. To harbor a bitter feeling against someone is to allow them to take up residence in your mind rent-free. Forgiveness is an act that brings happiness to those who give it. To release the negative emotions held inside is a gift you give yourself. The one you harbor bad feelings toward has moved on – you need to do the same.

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
– Steve Maraboli

Today may be a good time to incorporate some “magic words” into your vocabulary. It’s great to hear someone say, “Excuse me” or “Pardon me” if they accidentally bump into you or run their shopping cart over your foot or something. Those simple words defuse anger and let you know the act was not done on purpose.

One misconception remains about extending a pardon. By no means do you have to fall back into the old trap you were in before with that person. Na na na na huh-uh! I’ve been guilty of it too. You forgive and then get back in the saddle, right? Then you end up having a similar problem. Sigh. I know. Sometimes you just have to cut the ties that strangle you.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy

Do everything in your power to pardon because Christ gave His all to pardon you. Trust me when I say it is not worth carrying a root of bitterness for one more day. Do what you have to do to rid yourself of it. You can write a letter, send an email, facebook message or call that person on the phone. Get it out and get over it so you can move on.

If the person you’re bitter towards is no longer living, you can write a letter to them with nothing held back – then take it to their grave, read it to them, light it on fire and burn it to set yourself free!

I want everything clear ‘tween me and thee so that all can be clear ‘tween my Lord and me.
– Linda Palmer

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THE ANSWER IS GOD...  WHAT WAS THE QUESTION

I love to hear children sing. They are so innocent and they just believe without a lot of pretense.

Maybe I really do have a childlike faith, but I believe that any answer to any question in life can be found if I pray and ask God for it. Am I over-simplifying it? Well, I find that prayer is the only way to answer some questions in life.

Let your search be for the Lord and for his strength; let your hearts ever be turned to him. – I Chronicles 16:11

It seems like I have new questions for God every day! Some questions drift from day-to-day and God will answer those in His own good time. That’s the thing about God – He does answer, but it will be in His time, but that’s okay because His timing is perfect. My timing is anything but perfect.

I seek His strength because I am so weak. I seek His wisdom because I am unwise.

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness ! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 4:1

God is faithful and will answer my prayers. He calms my fears and comforts me when I grieve. He hears my prayers and knows my thoughts, my attitudes and the intentions of my heart. Nothing about me can be hidden from Him.

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. – Psalm 107:28-30

For the most part my seas are calm these days. There were days when I was actually angry at God. I prayed for a baby and did not get one. I said prayers, but they were angry prayers filled with bitterness. I looked around at others who were given babies and I did not understand why I was denied. I still struggle with that some, but with age I have decided that my life will be different. I am not less of a person because I am childless. I am just different. God has His reasons for leaving me childless – grand-childless, etc. It’s my job to accept that. I’m left shrugging my shoulders and saying, “It is what it is – I’ll make the best of it.”

The answer is God. Prayer is powerful. You don’t have to sugar-coat prayer, and why would you want to? God knows your thoughts, your attitudes, and the innermost intentions of your heart. In this life you will hurt more than you ever thought you could. He knows you’re hurting. Be honest with God. He will see you through whatever it is you are facing. ❤