Today I'm thinking about forgiveness

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We are all called to forgive, no matter who you are, what you've done, or what's been done to you. Jesus forgave us and we must follow in His footsteps. It is important to understand that forgiveness does not always mean reconciliation. Just because you have forgiven someone does not mean you are excusing their hurtful behavior, and it also doesn't always mean the two of you will remain in relationship. Here is an excerpt from "Boundaries" (my new fave book!)

"People must choose to own up to their sin and repent, then God will open himself to them. Reconciliation involves two. Do not think that because you have forgiven that you have to reconcile. You can offer reconciliation, but it must be contingent upon the other person owning his or her behavior and bringing forth trustworthy fruits."

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