This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 11:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about giving the gift of forgiveness.

We’re all familiar with that common saying about how forgiveness is less about the other person and more about ourselves because until we forgive, we can’t be totally free. Yet today I’m thinking about what is possible in another person’s life once we forgive them. In other words, the transforming power that is inherent in forgiveness.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I look at the life of Mary Magdalene. We know that she had a sinful past and that she was a very afflicted woman. In Luke 8:2, we learn that Jesus cast out seven evil spirits from her.

However, he was able to look beyond her past and express forgiveness for her sins. He showed compassion for her and as a result, Mary Magdalene became a devoted follower of Christ. She was a woman who would become revered by other saints and believers. Forgiveness transformed Mary Magdalen.

Therefore, I’m asking a question: who do you need to forgive this holiday season? This time, make it less about you and do it as a gift for them. That’s just something to contemplate.

As you think about that, cling to these words: “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, give the gift of forgiveness to someone who really needs it.