The sunrise recently was beautiful, as it frequently is in Colorado Springs.
It started as a brilliant red glow on the eastern horizon making the few
clouds look like they were a consuming fire. The color gradually spread
westward toward the mountains turning the clouds a range of hues from pink
to lavender. This reminded me of our ability to see color as a gift from God.
In order to receive this gift we must put forth some effort, such as getting
up early and sometimes going outside in cold weather. Seeing a sunrise is a
choice we make.
Forgiveness is another gift from God. Receiving this gift also requires the
effort to obey God’s instructions to have our sins forgiven. One of the
requirements is to forgive others when they sin against us. “…when you
stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that
your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”. Mark 11:25 [NIV] This also
is a choice we must make.
God has the ability to forgive ultimately by forgetting the things we do to
offend him as is quoted in Hebrews 8:12. Short of amnesia, we humans can’t
erase our memory, but we can withhold anger and resentment against others.