Friday, September 16, 2011

A Quote on Forgiveness, and a Poem

From Blog11
The question of forgiveness is not a moral issue. We do not forgive because it is the “correct” thing to do. We forgive because it is the true nature of the life in Christ. --Father Stephen
I'm not sure I fully understand the rest of the blog post from which I've lifted this quote, but these sentences ring true. In a sense, all moral issues aren't really moral issues. They are life-in-Christ issues. Good morals flow from the Holy Spirit who is in those of us who believe in the Savior.

Forgiveness, like a river,
Flows from faith in Christ.
It flows right on forever
From his sacrifice.

And if I try to dam the flow,
Stop the endless love,
I find my thoughts are damned, below,
Not on things above.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
--Colossians 3:2, ESV

Photo ©2011 James L. Swindle. This particular poem by JLS is public domain.


dfish said...

There is a lot of confusion over what forgiveness means. It does not mean forgetting what was done, but simply letting go of the anger that resulted. We cannot forgive while trying to deny wrong was done, but if we do not forgive, we can never move beyond that point. Forgiveness and justification are different things and many try to equate them. Forgiveness is essential for justification,whether with God or another person.

Jim Swindle said...

dfish, yes, there's a difference between forgiving someone and forgetting what happened. When we have forgiven someone, we may remember the wrong that the person did, but we have determined not to remember it against the person whom we've forgiven. It means we no longer feel the sting of the injury every time we think of the person.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Excellent and elegant and true, your poem, brother. Axios! Worthy!

And glory to the only, true, and living God, through Jesus Christ.