Why Forgive?

By: snowgood

May 11 2021

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We live in a crazy world, and most of us will never face the huge challenges that rocked the characters in Johann Christoph Arnold’s book.

After picking up the book I was (initially) critical.

A voice in my head was saying “it’s too much like a magazine” and there’s no proper narrative to get stuck into.

I’ve never shot anyone.

I’ve never murdered anyone.

I’ve never physically hurt our boys.

I certainly didn’t drop napalm bombs on defenceless children.

As each chapter unfolded a redemptive flow came over me.

I’ve certainly said some tactless things which could have hurt people.

I’m probably guilty of letting my feelings manifest themselves in the form of a hurtful indifference.

I’m responsible for numerous failings, the chief of which would be putting myself before others.

How about you?

Do you need to forgive?

The book unpacks the mechanics of forgiveness.

If you’ve ever been hurt (and who hasn’t) then holding on to bitterness will surely eat you up inside, whilst the perpetrator may have no concept of the damage done.

Or maybe they simply don’t care.

As Jesus bled on the cross he called out “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

It was only a few days later that the masses in and around Jerusalem realised what they’d done.

Would you seek the forgiveness in a situation like that?

Maybe not, but what was your attitude to the school bully?

The idiot who park his car “in your space”, or the neighbour who steals your land by moving the boundary whilst your at work?

We’ve all been wronged, but we too let people down and it may even have been intentional.

Don’t let the sun go down while you’re angry.

Ephesians 4: 26

you might find it harder to forgive tomorrow!

In summary – this is easily the best book (out of 15) which I’ve read this year.

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