Report cards came home this week.  I had a very nervous child; he was afraid he was going to get grounded because he had a C.   The interim report had been much lower.  I knew he had worked hard in class to raise the grade.  He had done everything he could to bring that grade up.  I knew it would not be higher than a C and was prepared for that.  Because he had worked so hard, he did not get grounded.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life worked that way?  Even if we made a mistake and tried our hardest to reconcile it, we would be forgiven?  This past Sunday, during Communion, we were all forgiven!  Matthew 26:27-29 tells us, “Drink from this, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many so that their sins may be forgiven.”  Isn’t it awesome that God sent His Son so that all the mistakes we make or bad grades we get will be forgiven?  What an unselfish God we serve! We are forgiven by our God.  We can’t always worry about how others perceive us or if they have forgiven us.  “If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have?” Matthew 6:46

Remember, everyone is in a different place in their life and may be able to forgive more easily than others.  Some things, like bad grades, are easier to forgive. Other things may be a little tougher.  But God tells us to love everyone and forgive!

Stephanie Dunn

Christian Education Coordinator