Community and Forgiveness

“Community is not possible without the willingness to forgive one another ‘seventy-seven times’ (see
Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and
bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love.

“But what is there to forgive or ask forgiveness for? As people who have hearts that long for perfect
love, we have to forgive one another for not being able to give or receive that perfect love in our everyday lives.
Our many needs constantly interfere with our desire to be there for the other unconditionally. Our love is
always limited by spoken or unspoken conditions. What needs to be forgiven? We need to forgive one another
for not being God!” –Bread for the Journey