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Forgiving the Past, Embracing the Future

The call to forgive others lies at the heart of the Christian message.

But that doesn’t make forgiveness easy.

The human heart is wired for justice. When somebody sins against us, the hurt we feel is a cry for wrongs to be made right again. And when they can’t be, we often want the other person to suffer in some way that helps us feel like the debt has been satisfied.

Much of our struggle comes from not knowing what forgiveness is and what it isn’t – or from naively believing that we can forgive the unforgiveable if we grit our teeth and try hard enough.  We confuse “forgiving” with “excusing.” Our rationalizations leave us stuck in bitterness or holding grudges.

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