What Does the Bible Say About “how to forgive?”
So many well-meaning Bible scholars and counselors have attempted to fill in that gap by saying that Jesus meant that we are to make intentional choices (rational and emotional) to forgive the crime, hurt or wound. That magnanimous choice should require no repentance on the part of the perpetrator. No sorrow, no apology, no efforts to repay what was taken, no justice whatsoever. It sounds so like Jesus, doesn’t it? Or does it?
First of all, God never forgives a single sin that way. Ever! He never just chooses to let go of sin unilaterally. The wages of all sin is death. If He could, there would be no reason for the Cross. On the Cross, there was a trial for all of my crimes against God, creation and humanity. I was found guilty. The right penalty is death. Then Jesus took on justice that was due me, on His shoulders. All of this happened before God “forgave.” Tragically, we have been asking victims to be more magnanimous than God. No wonder it has been so hard.
Second, no Jewish scholar of Jesus’ day, and very few even today, would require a victim to unilaterally forgive an unrepentant perpetrator. It would have been considered absurd and destructive. We agree.
Simply put, wounded soul, you can’t forgive, not on your own. Not even once, much less 77 or 490 times. No judgment. You require an immediate experience of the power of God. Forgiveness is a miracle, not a human choice. You just do not have the muscle group to forgive. We will teach you how to access, by faith, through the Holy Spirit in you (Eph 3:14-21), that power and healing filling. Emptied cups cannot forgive. The Forgiving Path’s passion is that you would experience a little of the filling that Jesus purchased for you 2000 years ago.
You will begin to feel the honor of being a person of such import to God that He would take the time to hear your case.
You will finally have “voice” before the Judge who deeply loves you. You can tell God exactly what you want to about the crime, the loss, the hurt, the sadness, or anything else that you want to share.
You will hear a just and fair verdict from the just and fair Judge.
You will begin to experience noticeable restoration and wholeness, not perfectly, that’s Heaven. It will make a big difference in how you feel about the situation, yourself and others.