Andrew Hughes | Category: The Christian Life, Easter
Forgiveness does not come by “forgetting” the past, pretending something never happened. Forgiveness does not come by hitting a punching bag until all your anger subsides. To forgive you must die.
With the resurrection event at the forefront of our minds, we must begin with the cross-event that leads us to the resurrection. One of the implications of the cross is the paradigm of divine forgiveness. As Tim Keller so succinctly states it, “Forgiveness means absorbing the debt of sin yourself.” Moreover he states, “You have to submit to the costly suffering and death of forgiveness if there is going to be any resurrection.” [Reason for God]
Forgiveness and reconciliation will never come if we seek to shove the pain, affliction, and suffering back upon the offender who has cast it. Forgiveness comes as we take the hit, bearing the pain itself versus giving back what the offender may rightfully deserve themselves. So how will you forgive others in your life? Not through flippantly "forgetting" or through taking up boxing. Forgiveness will only come to you as it was given to you- the paradigm of the cross and the power of the Spirit.
“…forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
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