We tend to think of forgiveness as something passive. A mere act of not holding something against someone, of not resenting someone. We think of this as painless, in concept, because we just let it go and stop holding on to what was forgiven. But, in practice, this is not so.
A contradiction, it seems. That we both confess that “God is love” (1Jn. 4:8) and that we are to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecc. 12:13). A seeming contradiction that puzzles even those who have embraced Christ as Savior for many years, and a contradiction I feel that I am incapable of resolving fully. But the joy of embracing all that is God is worth the attempt, and so I set out on a journey far too difficult to complete on my own, and I pray that His Spirit would guide me as I think and write.
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