Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37 NRSV)
Hazel Goddard tells about an experience from her childhood. Her grandfather had horses, and every Saturday the two of them went out to ride. As Hazel was riding from the barn, a white chicken stood in the path and would not move. Out of curiosity, Hazel got off her horse to see what was wrong. The chicken had her head buried in her feathers, and was picking away at herself, oblivious to all around her. At that point, Hazel's grandfather cautioned her not to touch the hen, explaining the hen had a sickness that made her pick at herself all day and she would not move from the spot. Hazel knew her brothers would soon come racing down the path on their horses so she built a little square of boards around the chicken and left her to her misery. Hazel Goddard goes on to say, "What a picture of the guilt-ridden Christian who, because he is more aware than the unbeliever, picks at himself constantly."

We need to accept God's acceptance of us. We need to quit picking at ourselves over sins God forgave long ago. But we also need to forgive others. How many of us are hurting right now because we are filled with resentment toward someone else? Give to God.

Dear God, show me the way to forgive myself. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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