You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)
Tuesday, February 16
Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, was once asked if she remembered a despicable incident of someone’s sin against her in the past. Her response became well-known: “No, I distinctly remember forgetting that.”
The Greek word for forgive in the New Testament means precisely to “send off,” to “hurl,” to “release,” “to let go,” to “cancel a debt.” I love the image found in today’s reading. Look at those words – “trample” and “throw.” What an awesome image of God violently dismissing our sins.
Forgiveness is a choice and not a feeling. We must be set free from the illusion that we have to “feel” forgiveness in order to offer it or before we offer it. We move from forgiveness to healing, and not from healing to forgiveness.
Because a lot of people think they can’t forgive until they “feel” like it and are healed, they end up never making an effort to forgive and as a result they never heal. If there are good feelings to be found toward the wrongdoer, they’re found more toward the end of the forgiveness process than the beginning.
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t “feel” very forgiving, but don’t let your feelings interfere with you making a choice to forgive.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Tue, February 16, 2016
by Chris Seidman