“Forgiveness reflects the highest human virtue, because it so clearly reflects the character of God. A person who forgives is a person who emulates godly character. Nothing so much demonstrates God’s love as His forgiveness. A person who does not forgive is therefore a person lacking godly character and without Christlike love, no matter how orthodox his theology or how outwardly impeccable his morals appear to be. A Christian who will not relinquish a hateful, resentful attitude toward someone who has wronged him is a person who knows neither the true glory of his redeemed humanity nor the true glory of God’s gracious divinity. An unforgiving Christian is a living contradiction of his new nature in Christ. It is central to the heart of God to forgive, and only the Christian who radiates forgiveness radiates true godliness.”
Forgiveness is so tricky, with the grace of God, and only with the grace of God, I think I have reached the point of true forgiveness and overcoming the blanket of oppression certain people have laid upon my soul, and then BAM a trigger is tripped and I am struggling to breath all over again.
But I am never alone. Jesus will breath for me until I can muster the sense to reach out to Him and with Him and through Him forgive again.
Seven times Seventy ❤️