Forgiveness

Having trouble forgiving others?

“No sane person would ever say, ‘I don’t need to be forgiven.’ But every time we fail to forgive, we demonstrate that belief operating in us. What do you think when someone sins against you? ‘I can’t believe they did that to me!’ ‘I would never do that!’ These thoughts reveal our hearts…When we say ‘I would never do that’, we really mean, ‘I may be a sinner, but I am not that bad!’ This is a subtle lie. We remove ourselves from the sinner category. We fail to see how desperate and needy we are for the forgiving grace of God every moment of every day.”

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Tim Lane, “Pursuing and Granting Forgiveness,” JBC (Spring, 2005)

 


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