I went back to this to find some definitions from a Christian man’s perspective:
To forgive: “To pardon; to remit; as an offense or debt; to overlook an offense, and treat the offender as not guilty.”
To Repent: “To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for something done or spoken; as to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he ha said or done.”
to Apologize: “to make excuse for”
There have been, on occasion, (ok, truly, way more times than I’d like to admit) times that I have been ugly. That I have said things or done things that have hurt others. I have sinned. There have been times others have said or done things that have hurt me.
Sometimes I don’t readily forgive as I should. Sometimes I don’t readily repent as I should, as a side note, do you notice the definition for apologize? “Make an EXCUSE.” No! That’s not what I wanted. I want to feel pain, sorrow or regret at what I’ve done!
Tweet this: That’s not what I wanted. I want to feel pain, sorrow or regret at what I’ve done!
Recently, I was given a challenge of sorts, from God? Could have been. But it was something very clear.
Maybe I had not fully forgiven some folks that had offended me in my life.
So I made a list.
I forgive ________ (entered their name) for __________. (entered offense)
Friends, that list is pretty lengthy.
I did this because of what we did with Malachi many years ago,
I transcribed a letter written to his birth-mother, A letter forgiving her.
And he was FREE!
He was free of anger! Anger so deep. Anger you can’t imagine. Especially for a 3-year-old. He’d had it pretty much since birth.
I long to be FREE!
I want to find freedom.
Oh, not that I don’t have it, to a degree.
But I want to find FULL, AMAZING Freedom.
I long to put away bitterness
I long for my heart to be free
So I forgive and I’m forgiven.
“forgive, and you will be forgiven” Luke 6:37
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” Matthew 6:14
And freedom is found.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:36 ESV
Shane and Christy
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