I was asked recently, at my book party, which of the chapters in my book, “If You’re a Christian and Everyone Likes You…Something’s Wrong” was my favorite. My immediate response was the chapter on forgiveness. Why? Well forgiveness for most people is the hardest thing to do in relationships and I am no exception. My husband has said I spend half of my time asking forgiveness and the other half doing the things I need to ask forgiveness for. It’s not quite that bad, but receiving forgiveness is one of the most liberating feelings in the world, and extending it to others runs a close second.
People resist forgiving because they feel that if they do they give up the right to revenge. People use being wronged as a weapon against the person. People feel they have the “right” to these feelings, but if we look at Scripture we see that if we expect God to forgive us (and I’m guessing we all have needed that some point in our lives) we are told we must forgive those who have wronged us. A part of that exercise should also be forgetting and moving on.
As we look to this season of vitriol and meanness, let’s try to look at the bigger picture of what is best for the future of our country and extend forgiveness to all who have gone astray.