Discussion 1- 7.2
At different times of the year we hear about helping others. That might be a family member, a non-profit group, our alma mater, or some other organization.
How often do we think of it within our workplaces? I’m not thinking specifically of the organization, though it might apply in some cases. But within our work groups, our co-workers, and perhaps even employees that report to us, are we stingy? With our praise, our words, our affirmations, or perhaps even our resources?
In the Bible, Proverbs 11:24 (https://my.bible.com/bible/97/PRO.11.24) states: “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.”
How are you generous? How are you stingy?
Let’s not just think about money, but all aspects of our lives.
I came across this explanation of Forgiveness from a Christian perspective and thought it worthwhile to share this week. It is from https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/what-is-forgiveness/:
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. In the Bible, the Greek word translated “forgiveness” literally means “to let go,” as when a person does not demand payment for a debt. Jesus used this comparison when he taught his followers to pray: “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is in debt to us.” (Luke 11:4) Likewise, in his parable of the unmerciful slave, Jesus equated forgiveness with canceling a debt.—Matthew 18:23-35.
We forgive others when we let go of resentment and give up any claim to be compensated for the hurt or loss we have suffered. The Bible teaches that unselfish love is the basis for true forgiveness, since love “does not keep account of the injury.”—1 Corinthians 13:4, 5.
For your reflection, consider the list above of what forgiveness is and what forgiveness does not mean. Which of these are you surprised to read about? Which ones do you agree with?
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