Thursday, June 26, 2008

More on: forgive, forget and reconcile

I have reflected before on forgiving, forgetting and reconciling. It is a reality that while it is possible to forgive, it may be impossible to forget and inconceivable to reconcile. If that is so, what is forgiveness?

Forgiving and forgetting would certainly make life much easier to live but our human nature just will not allow it. It reminds and it recalls what you’d rather forget. Now, isn’t that ironical?

But if God can forgive us, if he can choose not to remember our sins, if he invites us into reconciliation with him, why can’t we do the same with our fellow brethren in Christ? And looking at it from a different vantage point, if it hurt so badly that we cannot forget or reconcile, how much more would it hurt God to forgive, forget and reconcile us to himself. Hurt He was – He gave us His Son to make forgiveness, forgetting and reconciling possible.

I now begin to imagine how my Heavenly Father would have felt when Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Tears welled in my eyes.

Inasmuch as it is difficult to forget or reconcile, even though we can forgive, we must relinquish our hurts to God – after our Lord bore our sins and our pains. We must surrender to him.

Inasmuch as it is impossible to forget or reconcile, we must remember that the blood that covered our sins is the same that covered theirs too.

It may take awhile,
   to forgive, forget, to reconcile
It may never seem at all worthwhile,
   to forgive, forget, to reconcile
But when we have come away,
   to that very Last Day
The wolf, the lamb,
   they’ll graze together, you'll see
The lion like the ox,
   will eat straw, believe me
Forgive, forget,
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