Many times I’ve spoken and written about forgiveness. These are some more helpful words on the topic. (David)
A Definition of Forgiveness That We Can All Live With
Forgiveness. It’s such a hard thing to do, but it can be so liberating to the soul. What makes it difficult for most of us to do is the way we define it. We think of forgiveness as meaning that we should say all is forgotten and things will go back to what they were. This Biblical definition of forgiveness is very hard for most of us to swallow. How can you forget the unforgettable? How can you forgive the unforgivable? To enjoy the benefits of forgiveness, however, we needn’t go that far. All that’s really required is that we make the decision to move forward, to let go of the old hurts. We don’t have to condone what’s been done. What’s wrong is still wrong. We don’t have to invite the person back into our lives or even be friendly with…
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thank you for this. As a new Chritian (2005) I am still learning so much. I have a difficult time lately with knowing what is acceptable at times and not. Love is my ultimate goal, though it is so difficult with those who repeated cause you pain. This week was such another wound opening time. Apologies and asking forgiveness has been done, and given. Though as you say, forgive and forget are not the same. Trying to get that balance and stay in a Christ like attitude and relationship. Good timing as usual. One day I’m going to sit down and talk to you. I know I’d greatly benefit from it. Thank you again. J. Noel Meredith: “When we are so thoroughly converted to the likeness of Christ that we genuinely love to do what he wants us to do and abhor with all our soul what he forbids us to do, we will enjoy freedom. For then our duty has become our desire” (A Commentary on Galatians, 173).
In Christian Love, Lori