Romans 12:21 | Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Forgiveness is, in part, a willingness to drop the narrative on a particular injustice. We stop telling ourselves (and others) the story of our pain and move to living in the Hope of our faith.
“The Bible has plenty to say about forgiveness. The Greek word aphiēmi, carried these meanings: to remit as in a debt; to leave it alone; to allow an action, to send away, to desert or abandon, and even to be divorced from.” (Aug 2011 huff-post.com)
When two people who are in Christ are in conflict, there is sharpening. Because they have a common goal, the Word of God brings out truth, change and compassion. People grow. When two people in conflict do not share the same purpose, there is strife–a war within themselves and with other people. I cannot change other people. I cannot change the past. I can do things that help me heal and grow. I am made in the image of Christ.
Read Romans 12:17-21
Faith builder: Imagine you are at the crossroads of forgiveness. One path leads to strife and the other peace. Neither road is easy. Both will take time. Ask God for help and courage to forgive. Reject all negativity, criticism and gossip—leave it, abandon it, give it to God.
Here are some ideas to begin your journey. Pick one:
- Write a letter, then rip it up.
- Make a list of the harms, pray on it; burn it up.
- Meet with a good friend or counselor to discuss it for one final time.
- Use rocks to represent each of the offenses; then throw the rocks into the lake.
- Spend time in prayer and meditate on scripture.
- Have coffee with your pastor.
Forgiveness began with Jesus Christ! Rejoice in the Love and Peace of our Lord and Savior!