Wisbit - July 2016
Bits of Forgiveness
Some have read or heard me tell this story about my friend who struggled to forgive her ex-husband and finally celebrated by burning one of his shirts with a blowtorch. What was she celebrating?
“I've gotten rid of a little more of the anger," she said. "I've discovered that forgiveness doesn't happen all at once. Maybe Jesus said to forgive 70 times 7 because we'd have to forgive some people every time we think about them. Every time I think of him, I forgive him a little more. I've finally forgiven him a certain amount -- that's why I celebrated" (Enjoying the Presence of God, p. 22).
I like her story because it shows how forgiveness is a process.
Part of that process involves imagining what forgiveness looks like in the rich, beautiful life lived in the Kingdom of God here and now. To figure this out, I gathered bits of wisdom about forgiveness from favorite authors and began praying with those ideas. I’m offering them to you (paraphrased as prayers) in case you need them. (If you wish, please pick the one that stands out to you and enter it on my Facebook Author page.)
May God speak to you through these ideas as I have been spoken to and had my hard heart softened many times. DW=Dallas Willard, Divine Conspiracy; NTW=Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone Part 2; KB=Ken Bailey Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes
Grace and peace,
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