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A Good Day to Forgive

Read 1 John 2:7-14

Whoever says, "I am in the light," while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. 1 John 2: 9-10 (NRSV)

Luz Angela Galeano M. is from Valle del Cauca, Colombia. She was young when she met the person who would become her husband. Unfortunately, her husband's mother and Luz did not get along, and the tension was evident through her words and actions. This situation affected their marriage, and Luz separated from her husband. The rift left a deep wound. But after some time, Luz reconciled with her husband.

Over time, prayer has deepened Luz's faith, bringing her a greater understanding of God's purpose in her life. Prayer has also been central to changes in her relationship with her mother-in-law. She is now in poor health and suffers from dementia. So during her devotional time, Luz offers prayers of mercy and forgiveness for her. When she does, Luz can sense the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Praying for her mother-in-law in this way had been liberating for Luz, and God has blessed her with a profound sense of peace in her heart because "darkness is passing away and the true light already shines" ( 1 John 2:8). Every day is a good day to forgive. And every day is an opportunity to live in the light of God's immense love and mercy.

Prayer: God of grace, open our hearts and minds when we pray, "Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us" (Matt. 6:12). Grant us faith and courage to abide by these words, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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