I’m over at The Glorious Table today.
Have you ever lain awake at night thinking about something you did years ago that still eats at you? Have you convinced yourself too much time has passed for reconciliation? I have. I’ve spent hundreds of hours over the decades regretting my choices. I’ve also spent too many hours dwelling in a wounded heart. Both hindered me.
As I’ve sought to live a fuller life, however, I’ve discovered that what the experts say about forgiveness is right. Freedom is realized in moving forward and forgiving—even when the one who has wronged you hasn’t asked for forgiveness.
The thing is, forgiving others who have committed wrongs doesn’t let them off the hook. Jesus said:
“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent (Matthew 5:21–26 NASB).
Jesus made a specific point here. We are all responsible for ourselves in a conflict. We’re guilty when we’re angry with someone we think has wronged us, but we are also guilty in conflicts where we have caused the wound.
Head over to The Glorious Table to read the rest..