Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an interesting idea and ideal. We all acknowledge its significance in our lives, especially in our Christian expression of life; however, how easily is it applied in our daily acts and thoughts? It seems to me that it is a respectful idea and thought, when applied to others, believing that we can be exempt by its ‘burden’. ‘Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.’[1] This is a powerful sentence, which explains the fact that we tend to like what Christianity has to offer us; nonetheless, we feel that we are or should be exempt by many of its beliefs.


An interesting notion is to understand forgiveness in stages. You can’t expect to forgive your enemies, before first forgiving your loved ones, your neighbour. By forgiving those closer to us, we are inevitably able to also love them, understand them and accept them. When establishing the forgiveness towards those close to us, we are then ready and mature to evolve and forgive those who are not close to us, and maybe our enemies. This, of course is a revolutionary idea. How does one forgive his enemy? However, by forgiving ones enemy, we come closer to God. In the Gospel of Matthew (6:15) we read: ‘But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’ We should all have this in mind, when thinking of reaching the New Jerusalem, the Kingdom of God, of being in communion with Him. 



[1] Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, (London, Collins, 2012), p.115. 

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