What is forgiveness?

Here is an excellent post relevant to the discussion we have been having about Civil War monuments that honor the soldiers of the Confederacy. The post is about the importance of forgiving the wrongs done to us. We do it for our sake, not the offender.

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Forgiveness – Webster:  the act of forgiving.  Oxford:  The action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.

Synonyms include, but not limited to, absolution · exoneration · remission · dispensation · indulgence · clemency · mercy · reprieve · amnesty · shrift

Forgiving – Webster & Oxford: willing or able to forgive.

Forgive – Webster: to give up resentment of or claim to requital or to cease to feel resentment against an offender.  Oxford:  stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.

There is a conversation going on over on Citizen Tom’s page about forgiveness.  One respondent, quoting Dr. M.L. King, says “only the injured party can grant forgiveness. And actual reconciliation only really comes when the injuring party recognizes the harm he has done, asks for forgiveness and the injured party wholeheartedly grants that forgiveness.”

Dr. King had a lot more to say about the…

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4 thoughts on “What is forgiveness?

  1. When and how to forgive and forget,

    There are no longer any survivors in the world who lived during the Civil Ware Era. What is needed in my opinion is to bring closure to continue to blame the living for the sins of the past.

    In ancient times in Israel, a sacrificial offering was made by the Priests to bring closure to a matter. The reason for the sacrificial offering is to remove the curse of the guilt from the innocent. The priest, with his action of washing his hands of the blood of the sacrifice, disowns and removes the guilt from our land to bring about a final closure.

    The sinful issue of slavery has been settled in the USA.

    In my opinion, we need to take the following wise advice of Solomon.

    Ecclesiastes 7:10

    Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.

    Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these?…. This is a common opinion, that in all ages prevails among men, that former times were better than present ones; that trade flourished more, and men got more wealth and riches, and lived in greater ease and plenty; and complain that their lot is cast in such hard times, and are ready to lay the blame upon the providence of God, and murmur at it, which they should not do;

    for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this: this is owing to ignorance of former times; which, if rightly inquired into, or the true knowledge of them could be come at, it would appear that they were no better than the present; and that there were always bad men, and bad things done; frauds, oppressions, and violence, and everything that can be complained of now: or if things are worse than they were, this should be imputed to the badness of men; and the inquirer should look to himself, and his own ways, and see if there is not a cause there, and study to redeem the time, because the days are evil; and not arraign the providence of God, and murmur at that, and quarrel with it; as if the distributions of it were unequal, and justice not done in one age as in another

    Source
    http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/ecclesiastes/7.htm

    How much longer? In my opinion, we need a Priest to perform a national sacrifice “to bind the nations wounds” and move on from the sins of the past slavery in the USA .

    Wisdom or Folly on this issue to keep blaming and cursing the innocent? You decide.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. “the sacrificial offering is to remove the curse of the guilt from the innocent”
      Except that sacrifice was made over 2,000 years ago.

      Some people will refuse to forgive, nursing their wounds as if a child, regardless of what sacrificial offerings are made.

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