"If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
What's your definition of forgiveness?
It might look something like this:
- Excusing what someone did to you
- Forgetting what happened
- Denying, or stuffing, your feelings
- Reconciling instantly every time
It's more like this:
- Embracing the offender--Christ modeled forgiveness at its best when He forgave and welcomed back those who hurt Him the most.
- Being proactive--When Jesus said from the cross, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34), He was forgiving people before they even asked for it.
- Surrendering the right to get even--The essence of forgiveness, especially in our families, is letting go of our rights to punish and see justice done. Forgiveness is evident when one person ceases to demand restitution for hurt feelings and wounded pride.
I have heaps of work to do on this one. I also thought that forgiveness was in that first list. Boy was I wrong! I hope that we can all evaluate and reassess our ideas of forgiveness and be pro-active in correcting any wrong thinking and build our relationships to be more Godly.