All Is Forgiven

Lately the word forgiveness has been coming up everywhere.  In conversations, in my Bible readings, and even in our KKids Elementary curriculum.  In KKids they have been studying the parable of the Prodigal son. What I love about this parable is, despite the fact that the son squandered his inheritance and shamed the family name, his father loved him so much that he forgave all and accepted him back as if nothing had happened.  

As I think about forgiveness, I cannot help but reflect on my own life and the times that I have been asked for forgiveness. Do I actually forgive them, or do I hold a grudge for years? I also think, has this happened to me? Have I lost friends because I did not forgive them or they did not forgive me? My heart breaks to know that I may never have forgiven someone and that I could have been lifelong friends with that person.  

As God tells us in the verse Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive another if any of you have grievance against someone. Forgive as Lord forgave you.”

This at times is hard to do, but we should always forgive them as the Lord forgives us. So remember, like the father of the Prodigal son, God forgives us no matter what we may have done all the time. I feel that this not only a lesson for our kids to learn, but also a lesson that I am still learning every day.  


Carol Kovalscik | Family Ministries Operations Coordinator

Jenn Bander