Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 26 of Lent: Let It Go

Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2019

joy-2483926_1920If you attend a karaoke event at any one of our Jesus Cares programs, one of the most requested songs is a favorite from the movie Frozen “Let It Go."  JCM participants will sing that song at the top of their lungs in great enjoyment.  I mention that because our Bible verse for today deals with something where we all need to “Let It Go” and often have a difficult time doing that. We’re talking about the matter of forgiveness and letting go of what someone has said or done to us when they ask us to forgive them. Ephesians 4:32 encourages us “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

If we are going to truly practice forgiveness, we need to start with the second part of that verse “just as in Christ God forgave you.” What if God dealt with us in forgiveness the same way we sadly often deal with one another?  How thankful we can be that he doesn’t and doesn’t keep on reminding us of our sins as we so often do with one another.  Instead, God truly “Lets it go” as we confess our sins to him and ask for his forgiveness. 

Think of the pictures the Bible uses to assure us of that peace of forgiveness “as far as the east is from the west,"  “drowned in the depths of the sea” or “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Pick which one gives you the most comfort and you quickly realize that God wants us to know and be assured that he remembers our sins no more.  He truly has “let it go."

In thankful response to what God has done for us, we are encouraged to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other." Our sinful human nature wants to hold a grudge or hold a sin over a person’s head for a while.  True forgiveness however seeks to offer to our fellow human being the exact thing which God gives to us – letting go of the sin and remembering it no more.  Did you notice the two attitudes which Paul encourages which will help us do that - “kind” and “compassionate?"  

With the same kindness and compassion which God continually shows you, don’t give up on forgiveness in thanksgiving for the forgiveness which God continually gives you!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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