Forgiving: Take the Risk, Find the Joy – The Road of Faith
Key Bible Verse: “Love your enemies! Do good to them.” – Luke 6:35
Dig Deeper: Luke 6: 35-37
[continued from yesterday] “I know lots of young people my age who are bitter, who are acting out violently,” said Cathy. “Some of them are even dead now.… Fighting terror with terror is not the way.”
To forgive another person takes a tremendous act of faith, because in forgiving we choose to surrender our need to control a situation to satisfy our longings and intentions. To transfer a situation from our hands into God’s requires one to believe that God has witnessed the wrong and that God will not dismiss that wrong as something trivial or insignificant.
In the process of forgiving we say, “I give this situation to God and believe that in the eternal scheme of things, God’s justice and grace will bring about a resolution better than I could ever make.”
Fortunately, a mother in Northern Ireland years ago decided that her home would not become a haven of anger and hatred, a breeding ground for young terrorists. Instead, she took the road of faith.
Because of that choice, her 20-year-old daughter now serves as a missionary to children in the inner city. She is a young woman who loves instead of hates, who gives life instead of destroys it, and who lives each day as a witness to the power of forgiveness.
—Bruce Main in Spotting the Sacred
My Response: What messages am I communicating to my family about revenge and forgiveness? To friends? To neighbors? To co-workers?
Thought to Apply: Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury. —Edwin Hubbel Chapin (preacher, writer, editor)
Adapted from Spotting the Sacred (Baker, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Father, thank you for being a loving God who daily extends grace and mercy! Forgive me for those times I refuse to let go of anger and bitterness. Give me the grace and mercy needed to forgive those who’ve wronged me.