An Admirable Life-15-Forgiveness

"How often shall we forgive? Until seven times? Until seventy times? How often shall we forgive, Master?"

"How often shall you forgive? Forgive until seventy times seven."

                —-Recorded Conversation Between Jesus, the Christ, and One of His.

   The point of forgiveness is not quantity but quality. Forgiveness is not just offered mindlessly, over and again. Forgiveness is an expression of the inner nature of the Forgiver and not the worthiness of the Forgiven.

    This is quite because sin is never a matter of knowledge but always a matter of the will. The will is what we are inwardly. God constantly forgives because it is the nature of God to forgive. Those who receive divine forgiveness do not suddenly become worthy of mercy. Mercy is not mercy if we deserve it.

   Divine mercy is the final cure of narcissism. Just as Orpheus is said to descend into Hades to steal away Eurydice from Pluto, so does divine mercy enter the actual Hell to preach deliverance to the captives there. Man always wants a Rescuer. Man always wants to be a Rescuer. Divine mercy is God's rescue vessel, available to deliver us from merciless self-absorption.

 

   Opinions expressed here are mine alone.


5 thoughts on “An Admirable Life-15-Forgiveness”

  1. A life that is willing to embrace forgiveness as an essential part of one’s spiritual being is absolutely part of an admirable life.
    However, to hide behind forgiveness as an escape from responsibility or to deflect accountability is in one of the lowest forms of cowardice and deception a human being can exhibit.

  2. Lets talk about this. Which one is hiding, the forgiver or the forgiven? Is it really forgiveness if there is no remorse on the part of the forgiven? If there are those who are in no way injured (or, at least, not directly) who demand forgiveness from an injured party toward an offender, is this the hider? Where does forgiveness start and stop?

  3. I would think that forgiveness has more to do with the giver than the receiver. The receiver may reap benefits if s/he chooses, but then again could not accept the forgiveness. Whether or not I personally forgive someone has very little to do with whether or not they want/accept it. My unforgiveness would eventually turn into my own bitterness, and thus my own sin.
    Tim

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