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I am wrestling with the meaning of Easter

Millions of people across the world are celebrating Easter.  After a week of prayer and of reflecting on the death of Christ on our behalf, we wake up on Sunday morning and celebrate His resurrection.   The Easter story is well known to us.  This year I have been wrestling with it’s meaning.  Not the theology, not the part about the separation from God and His death in our stead.  These I have accepted and embraced from my early teenage years.

I have been struggling with the application.  Let me explain.

Light at end of the tunnel. Hope metaphor.

The death and resurrection of Christ brings forgiveness, reconciliation and new beginnings.  We readily accept these for ourselves – as we should.  They are freely given and impossible to earn.

If this is true, and it is, then why do we not readily extend these same graces to people around us?   Why do others have to earn our forgiveness?  Why do people have to provide penance of some sort to be reconciled to us?  And if we do forgive and reconcile, why do we secretly hold past wrongs against them, pushing them slightly away, not truly allowing new beginnings?

Jesus is resurrected.  If you have accepted this, the very same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you.  The power to forgive others, to be reconciled with them and to start all over as if the past had not happened is available to you.

God, the sinless Perfect One has extended to us grace for our sin against Him.  This grace, this sweet and precious grace, this amazing and powerful grace, is available to us.  It is available to us not only to use on ourselves but  to extend to others.  Freely it has been given to us.  Freely we need to give.

This Easter, along with me,  will you:

Forgive that person?  Truly forgive.

Will you be reconciled? Truly embrace.

Will you start again?  Truly new.

And when you have done this, will you do it again, and again?  His mercy is new every morning, as should be ours.

Today, may the meaning of Easter truly be yours.  Have a blessed day.

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”  Romans 8:11

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    Suzie Stacy
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    WHY, WHY, WHY don’t we do as Christ does for us IF He truly lives in us?
    This is a very thought provoking message and a perfect reflective one for not only Easter but EVERY day!

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      Michelle Tessendorf
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      Thanks Suzie. I know His power is available to us to live as He does – I guess we simply choose to go our own way. May we choose His way more and more.

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    Marcia
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    Thank you for the meaningful message. (Liz said that you didn’t think that anyone was reading your blog. I read all of them and appreciate each one. I just usually don’t comment.)

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      Michelle Tessendorf
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      Thanks for the encouragement Marcia. Gotta love Liz for pushing my blog! Thanks to online tools I actually know exactly how many people read my blog. Close to a thousand now and growing. I write because I love to but it certainly helps to know there is an audience out there. I so appreciate your comments and feedback over the years -thank you for that – and if you share my blog with a friend, that would help me grow my audience. Have a blessed Easter.

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    Deborah
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    There seems to be a rather big if not great difference between God and us, duh! God however has the ability to forget once we have asked for forgiveness with us it is a process. The hardest part is that we must have self introspection which sees our self compared to Christ not others. When we realize our own state and how much we each fall short then forgiveness of others gets easier. Forgiveness does not mean we will forget, nor does it mean the offense was OK it is giving up the right to punish and let God have it all. I think at times the hard part, when thinking of others, is we know how merciful God is but embrace it when it comes to me, myself and I. When I look at a lack of forgiveness as a selfish act I am humbled remembering exactly what is done for me daily.

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      Michelle Tessendorf
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      Deborah, so true that forgiveness does not mean the offense was ok or that we can easily forget. It is only through the power of the Spirit working in us that we can truly forgive.

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    Debbie Carpenter
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    This is a very thought provoking post and so right on! I know I fall very short, but something to definitely strive for. Praise God for his unending forgiveness and grace. Debbie

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      Michelle Tessendorf
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      Debbie, yes – we all fall short and you are so correct that we give God praise for His unending grace.

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    Paola
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    Thank you Michelle. Forgiveness in my heart is done and I pray for their health and happiness since always. I truly hope that reconciliation and new beginning will also come one day. I might have to take the first step!

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      Michelle Tessendorf
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      Paola, forgiveness is not easy but through prayer and God’s grace, we can truly forgive. I am praying for you.

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        Paola Tuniz
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        Thank you Michelle <3

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