Monday – October 21, 2013; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

None of us are perfect, we are all sinners, have all made mistakes, some of these missteps were made simply by accident, but there are probably a few we did no purpose, knowing it was not the best choice, but doing so any way either to make a point, get our own way, or just because we wanted to.

We are NOT all perfect, but we ARE all for forgiven, and we are all loved by our perfect parent: God!

Being forgiven and loved just as we are, and right where we are is good news for us…and even better news is knowing that we these things are not something we can earn, but a gift from God, simply because we are so well loved; our salvation is given through Christ, who is God’s grace in action in our world and in our lives.

As Christian single parents we are called to follow in the ministry of Christ, by sharing the forgiveness and love we have been given to other!  We can start doing this by remembering that we too are imperfect and that we have and will make mistakes, as this is a good foundation to forgive those who have wronged us,  such as family and friends who misunderstands our situation, our children when they misbehave and even disappoint, and even those who (seem to) have gone out of their way to betray our love and trust, and cause us pain.

Not only have I found forgiveness important with my daughter (it seems like I am constantly forgiving her, or asking for her forgiveness for my mistakes); but also for her mother.  I have found that letting go of the past and forgiving (which does not mean that what happened was okay) as well as making amends for my part in things, has helped mend our relationship and allowed us to be present for our daughter when she really needed us to be together as parents.

Today I am grateful for this forgiveness, as I am for the gift of God’s grace as given through Christ…a sign of God’s great love for all His children; and in response to this gift, I will do my best to share this grace with others in my life.

Let us Pray

God, thank you for loving us and forgiving us, even when we do not always deserve it.  Please help us to share your grace with others: our children, our friends and family and especially those who really need our forgiveness.  Let us remember that letting go and forgiving lightens everyone’s burdens, and is the best thing for our children to experience and to learn…as a first hand lesson of your grace in action.

Amen

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