December 15, 2010
12 15 10 Wednesday
I saw a person on the news the other day say that, “Complete forgiveness would be inappropriate in his case.” How sad that we would think this; even in the worst situation. I am not taking away from what happened to this man and his family but to say complete forgiveness would be inappropriate is an awful place to be.
There is no such thing as partial forgiveness. At least I don’t think there is such a thing. We either forgive someone or we don’t. Forgiveness has to be complete and quick. Never bringing that offense back up again. I hear all the time how hard it is for folk to forgive others. Why is it so hard? The first thing I can think of is pride. We were hurt by someone, but the hurt is there only if we allow it. They may hurt us physically, but internally only if we allow it. Be quick to forgive. Remember, when we are the one needing forgiveness we want it quickly too. They may not deserve it in our opinion, but our opinion doesn’t over rule the fact that we too don’t deserve it, but we still need it. Forgiveness cleanses us. Forgiveness will give you peace and freedom that nothing else can. That’s why it can be hard to do, the reward of forgiveness is awesome. Forgive today; quickly and completely. Hold no offense in your heart.