Easter is a time where we are reminded of the power of forgiveness in our lives. Being able to forgive and feel forgiven frees us to live lives of energy and vigour. Letting go and forgiving keeps relationships intact and enables us to continue to be outward looking and being and doing good for others. Understanding that conflict often arises where different values are held, helps us to understand the perspective that another person may hold. Thinking through the values held by ourselves and others helps us to understand each other and be more objective. Seeking to understand involves deep listening and connecting.
To forgive requires us to act out of love and care for people. Like forgiveness, love is a gift that keeps on giving. The more we give, the more we have in return. Jesus acted out of deep love for people and took the burden of our sins to the cross so that through faith we might be forgiven. Over this Easter period we can pray wherever we are and at any time, to ask for God’s forgiveness. This forgiveness is a great gift that frees us to live abundantly.