The preacher said:
Forgiveness is not a feeling.
What an amazing statement. How often we get hung up, seemingly crippled about forgiveness, thinking we cannot do it because we do not feel it!
And how liberating to realize it is not a feeling!
No, forgiveness is a command.
We must forgive, just as we must honor property rights. I don’t always FEEL LIKE allowing my neighbor to keep his lovely flowers, but I must leave them in his yard. Digging them up is stealing.
I also do not always feel like forgiving, but I must. Holding someone in unforgiveness is sin, just as theft is.
For insight on how to forgive, look here.
7 thoughts on “Overheard: Forgive!”
What a true statement. Like love, we are commanded to DO it, not feel it. Sometimes I think it is mis-categorized as a noun when it should be a verb.
You know, when the preacher said “Forgiveness is not a feeling” I thought about what it really is, and I never even guessed right. It was a real eye-opener, for me, and I hope for many others! Thanks for this comment, Cristina! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂