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"April Brings Growth and Openness"
April is the fourth month of the modern-day calendar. It is known as Aphrodite’s month from the Latin word aprerit, which means to open. April is considered a growing season when trees and flowers begin to “open.” We have heard the phrase April showers bring May flowers.
During the Lenten season in March, in anticipation of Easter (April 4) and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we reflect on many individual things in our walk to be closer to God. I see April in my spiritual life as a way of renewal and growth. This for me is done through “forgiveness and gratitude.” Forgiveness is powerful and releases you to move forward. It allows you to make a conscious deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance towards a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve it. Forgiveness does not mean we forget, excuse, or condone.
Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for forgiveness when he died on the cross so that ALL ours sins would be forgiven. That is what scripture says in Matthew 6:14-15 [GNT translation] “If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrong you have done.” Jesus was our example for what forgiveness could look like, when he cried out “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they do!”
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