A Primer on Forgiving Others for Lent
Pastor George Borghardt over at Higher Things has an excellent video short on forgiveness, entitled “Forgiving Un-Sorry People.” The season of Lent is upon us and begins tomorrow with the imposition of ashes tomorrow. This act of receiving ashes reminds us of our brokenness and our mortality. We need a Savior to heal the brokenness and raise the dead to life. For Christians, Lent is a season of reflection and repentance, where we focus on the sacrifice of the Christ on the Cross for our sins. With repentance comes forgiveness of sins in Christ through his suffering, death and resurrection, forgiveness that is ours through Christ. In the first of his 95 theses, Martin Luther observed
Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.
Forgiveness is an essential part of that life of repentance. And we forgive those who trespass against us, just as we are freely forgiven. But who should we forgive? And should we forgive those who are not necessarily sorry for the wrong they have done? Listen as Pr. Borghardt reflects on forgiving the un-sorry person: