Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.—Ephesians 4:32
For years, I thought that to forgive you must forget. How could I forgive someone’s slights to me if I didn’t forget what they had done? That seemed impossible, for I would continue to go over the scenario of wrongdoing. I wasted so much time on instant replay focusing on the past “wrongdoing.” One day I realized that forgiving is an intentional act. You won’t forget what in your eyes was the misdeed, but you choose to forgive the person anyway. That is forgiving like God forgives us. Being all knowing, God is all remembering. God surely never forgets our evil doings or our selfish omissions but chooses to wipe the slate clean each day if we only ask for forgiveness. God intentionally chooses to set us free, and in reality, forgiving sets us both free – free to love in spite of what we have experienced. I realized that forgiving when you don’t forget is to forgive like Jesus.
Thought for the day:
Corrie Ten Boom: “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize that the prisoner was you!”