October 28, 2011
I was studying the concept of forgiveness and came across this quote:
“Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over.”
That is one of those statements that we read, laugh at, even understand…but many continue to do exactly the same thing. And I think – from my own experience – the reason we continue to harbor resentment comes from a superficial, shallow definition of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not simply letting go of our injustice, forgiveness is understanding that forgiving is completing a circuit between us and God.
Unless we understand that forgiveness is not just about me, my feelings, my hurt, even my happiness…we find all sorts of reasons not to forgive citing the injustice we’ve felt as unforgivable. But as Zahnd said in his book, if we find one instance where forgiveness is not possible, we have found the loophole around any Christian forgiveness at all.
Something to think about…