Have you ever been so hurt or offended by a friend or family member that you’ve found it difficult to forgive them? Is there someone who is no longer part of your life because one of you carries a grudge against the other? Does someone harbor bitterness towards you because of something you said or did that they refuse to pardon?

Health, fitness, finance, organization, weight loss, and job goals are the focus of most new year’s resolutions, the results of which can be measured with the scales, in the bank account, or on the spreadsheet. I challenge us to adopt a resolution whose results affect our peace of mind and our spiritual wellbeing: let’s resolve to seek or grant forgiveness in our relationships.

Recently I’ve witnessed situations where family members refuse to forgive each other, with almost tragic results. Their families and marriages suffer, not only now but potentially for generations to come. An hour after I thought “can’t they just forgive each other?” in response to one such situation, I got so angry with my husband I could spit over a relatively minor offense.

Sometimes forgiveness sounds simpler than it is.

If we, in our human nature, struggle to forgive small infractions, how can we expect to heal relationships where the offense appears almost unforgivable? It requires a heaping measure of grace.

Please join me today at (in)courage to read the rest of the post. Forgiveness is important at any time of year, but let’s do the hard work of it now as we begin 2016!

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