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4 thoughts on “5 Myths and 5 Truths about Forgiveness”

  1. Reg Schofield says:

    Although I agree , the fact is also that many hold onto anger and animosity as a badge of piety and self righteousnesses.I have witnessed reconciliation and I have witnessed others who by withholding forgiveness, become bitter, hateful and vindictive.

    I have been on both sides of the fence and know that forgiving and being forgiven is a sweet release.Plus I also have seen rejection and all I can pray for is healing in this relationship.

    Forgiving is indeed not to make one a door mat but at the heart of the Christian walk should be a heart ready and willing to forgive but from my vantage point , its something lacking from my observations.

  2. Deland says:

    Sam Storms article is very helpful, but for me it falls short in its description of the forgiveness we should hope and strive for. Shouldn’t it go beyond idea that “Forgiveness simply means that you determine in your heart to let God be the avenger.” I would argue that forgiveness means that you hope in your heart and act as though God has already avenged the sin in Christ’s death on the cross. Just as our sins were borne in the body of Christ, so also the sins against us are also on the cross if our offender puts their faith in Christ now or in the future – and shouldn’t we hope for that?

    I think Storms comes closest to the heart of the matter when he says “True forgiveness is not satisfied with simply canceling the debt. It longs to love again.” But what does that look like? Storms focuses on the relationship with the unrepentant offender. What about the offender that is repentant and desires full restoration? Complete restoration is rare even between Christians. Our love for one another is limited by the hurt and anger that we cannot release.

    This world is not heaven and our hearts have only barely begun to be transformed into what we shall be, but shouldn’t we strive for our relationships here and now to be growing toward what they will be in eternity? Consider how we will love those in heaven who hurt us very deeply in this life. In eternity, our love for one another will not be colored in anyway by past hurts. Striving for that level of love is how forgiveness can be fully realized here and now.

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  3. Darren says:

    Not to shun Crossway (and because Braun’s work is good), but have you read “Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace” by Miroslav Volf? I think it’s actually a better practical and theological work on forgiveness. It was certainly more helpful to some of congregation who were dealing with a nasty church split and read both.

  4. Eliza Huie says:

    I second your opinion on Chris Brauns book.

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