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SERMON – Forgiveness is Divine

ForgivenessForgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

The readings for today are all about repentance on the part of sinners, and forgiveness on the part of God. Not once. Not twice. But endless. Throughout life, until death. You and I belong to an ever-forgiving God, because He is our ever-loving Father, Brother, and Spiritual Companion.

In the first reading from the Book of Samuel, we saw how God anointed David as King of Israel. Not only that. God gave him so many more blessings. But David sinned against God in as many ways as his blessings. Nathan opened his eyes and his heart, moving him to repentance. From His loving heart, God forgave David and gave him the grace to a renewed life. That was how much God loved David.

In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that a man is not justified by legal observance of the law but by faith in Christ. “I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.” (Gal. 2:20). Paul’s life was a living miracle of God’s loving forgiveness. From Saul to Paul, From sinner to saint.

The Gospel for today is very exciting indeed. It is about that woman, a public sinner, who went through a process of repentance in a very dramatic and loving way. Christ allowed her to bathe his feet with her tears, wipe them with her hair, kiss them, and anoint them. Jesus responded with his forgiving love. “Your sins are forgiven. . . .Your faith has saved you; go now in peace.” (Lk. 7:48,50).

What a loving and forgiving God you and I belong to. The punchline is that each one of us is given the gift to follow his way of unconditional love and forgiveness. Each one of us is unique. Each one of us has his/her own way of sinning, repenting, and asking for forgiveness. Moreover, each one of us has been given the gift to forgive, not only once or twice, but seven times seventy times.

Allow me to single out the life of a particular family. The couple have been married for thirty years, and they have five children. The eldest, a male, is twenty-eight years old, and the youngest, a female, is eighteen. The children are all single, and they all live together in the same house. Like many typical Filipino families, they have been living a quiet, ordinary life until a tragedy occurred.


The wife has been working in the main office of a big company. She and an executive in the same office became friends, until in time, he started pressuring her to have an affair with him. She violently objected, but he did not stop, until she finally gave in, because she felt she was in love with him, which in recent years she was not feeling for her husband. However, her guilt soon woke her up and she ended the relationship in an absolute way, even if there were still feelings within her. Her spiritual awakening and relationship with God were the answer.

A few days later, inspired by her prayers of repentance, she confessed all this to her husband as she was sobbing profusely, and asked for his forgiveness. He hugged her silently, and within him were nothing but feelings of forgiveness. As he continued to feel this way, something more came into his mind that he realized was very meaningful. For the past months and even years, most of his time and efforts were focused on his work. He hardly expressed his affection to his wife in word and action. Suddenly and lovingly, he found himself also asking for forgiveness from his wife.

Thus, the day ended with mutual repentance and mutual forgiveness. They both felt an inner awareness of God’s loving and forgiving presence. Such experience, in various ways and means, should also be experienced between and among siblings, relatives and friends, neighbors, fellow-workers, and fellow-citizens. The God of love and forgiveness is in all of us, provided we set aside our egos, and surrender ourselves to His presence.

In Nigeria, two renowned football Icons (Ex-Coaches), died in a Space of three days.  One of them signed the condolence register of the other, before sleeping and passing on.  No one knows his/her expiry date.  I will die, you will die, we will all die.  No one gets out of Life, alive.   During conflict, the inner child (Soul) in all of us is always trying to reach-out to the other but, our human ego shields a truce and hinders our blessings and miracle.   “….Forgive  us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.   This is a powerful prayer, that ties mans forgiveness to God’s.  To err is Human, Forgiveness is Divine.  There is a miracle that comes along with the ability of a Human being to drop every grudge and forgive.

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to the fire of hell. Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.… (Matthew 5:23)

If we are indeed created in God’s likeness, we are meant to emulate God’s qualities.  If we are indeed Christ like, we should act ‘like’ Christ.

There is no greater ‘Hurt’ than having SOMEONE create you out of nothing, Commanding you to worship Him in spirit and in truth. When you don’t,  He sends His ‘son’  (practically coming Himself), to teach you and Die for you, so that you can be saved from the wrath of his Judgement.  You still don’t do his will completely and He says, I am still ready to forgive you, if you confess.

When we Sin, we directly Hurt God.   Unfortunately, we Sin everyday even without knowing but, he forgives.  He doesn’t hold back the Sun or Rain because of our SINS, and even if he does!  He is the Alpha and the Omega, well within His rights, incomparable and unquestionable.

Jesus forgave the criminal by his side, even in pain.  He is ready to forgive you always, are you ready to forgive others?  Are you offended by someone? finding it difficult to forgive?  do you love the person? do you love GOD?  If you Love GOD, YOU CAN NOT LOVE SOME OF HIS CHILDREN.  If you love God and expect him to bless you, have you blessed your fellow man, brother, father, friend, sister, mother with the simple gift of Forgiveness?  Malice is not an instruction from God, ‘living in Denial’ is a tool from the Devil to drag us into condemnation.  The devil is the Father of Confusion and only he can make the word of God too complicated for you to understand.

Love is the Greatest,  so is God.  Which means God is Love.  So, If you have God, you ‘should’ have Love.  If you have Love, you should Have Compassion.  If you have Compassion,  you should forgive.

Why do we choose when we want to be sons of GOD, when it is convenient,  we remember we are children of GOD, when we want to claim His blessings or we want promotion or financial freedom.  Why are we so hypocritical?  Why do we choose to forget we are God’s children so quick to embrace the Devil in the name of “Craze, Madness, No nonsense, action, strict, etc” when we are angry?  This world is not our own.  Our judgment, will be based on how we treated one another, not how much we have made or what vain earthly heights we have achieved.

That grudge can end with; “….it’s just because, I love you O.  bla bla bla… ”  and the Spirit takes over.  Be a vessel for God.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)


“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)


God is your Strength.  Kindly, say this prayer with me today:

Dear God,  I thank you for a new day and the opportunity I have to serve you once more.  Father please forgive me any sin I may have committed.  Lord fill me with the spirit of forgiveness and teach me to show compassion always.  Amen

God bless you.




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