Forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in the world.
Without forgiveness, having to carry the shame of the things done wrong can be oppressive. It can be repressive. It can be like walking around with something that keeps you on edge when engaging with others. You’re on edge in case they ask, in case they probe too close, in case they open the closet with the skeletons. We can put on any front we want and often the effort highlights just how badly we want others to avoid it. It consumes so much energy, it takes up so much of life and it prevents us from truly enjoying what it is to be free. For we are not free. We are still in chains to shame.
There is something refreshing and liberating to be free by the power of forgiveness. It’s particularly relieving when others wish to hunt down, criticise and condemn you. Digging up dirt is a futile exercise when forgiveness wipes all the dirt away.
It does not matter how hard they try to force the past upon you as though it’s a burden, forgiveness turns that into a song, a lesson and a word of wisdom to help others get over their mess.
By forgiveness, I understand and acknowledge the challenge there is to forgive yourself. Once that happens, I can understand it’s a major breakthrough. It is. Yet what matters most to me is that God has extended forgiveness to me. This is something He has done. And that – with the desire of the return of a right relationship forms the basis of the forgiveness I’m able to extend. It’s about His example giving me the strength to do that for others.
This is one of the reasons why forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in the world.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden