Learning to Forgive

Last night I gave a Lenten Retreat Evening at Church of Christ the King on the theme of Learning to Forgive.

I began by talking about forgiveness as a value shared by all faith traditions and as something beneficial even for those who are not religious. Failing to forgive harms us as well as those around us.

After that introduction, I then focused on four points that I thought would be helpful in our effort to learn to forgive: First, out need to acknowledge our resentments; second, accepting God’s love and forgiveness; third, Jesus as our model for forgiveness; and fourth, letting go of our existing framework for thinking about forgiveness. In the last, I talked about power, justice and process.

After my reflection, I gave the participants time to engage in some silent reflection, after which we had a discussion and quesion and answer period.

You can access a recording of the talk I gave here or stream it from the icon below. The podcast runs for 38:25.