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Oh Forgiveness

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 March, 2009

 We’ve been talking about forgiveness in Bible Study on Tuesdays. It sort of came naturally, when one of the girls said, “If someone disrespects me, I’m going to disrespect them.”

 

The last several weeks we’ve talked about what forgiveness is and what it isn’t. We’ve walked thru Matthew 18, the parable of The Unforgiving Servant and the girls have had a lot of questions…

 

“How do you forgiven someone who keeps doing the same thing over and over again?”

 

“How do you forgive your mom when she abuses you?”

 

“How do you forgive your dad who doesn’t want anything to do with you?”

 

“How do you forgive your mom’s boyfriend who molested you?”

 

And then there is Tree*…she always lightens things up with questions like….

 

“Is it true that if you don’t forgive someone, your insides will rot and you’ll die a miserable death alone and be eaten by dogs.” Or “Is it true that when you’re sick you smell different?”

 

(We love Tree…she keeps us focused and has taught us how to steer the ship back on course after getting WAY off course.)

 

As God would have it, I attended a certain church on Sunday, that I don’t typically go to and the pastor talked about forgiveness…Although his entire sermon I don’t recommend, some of this points were good.

 

He said, “forgiveness is not an emotional decision, forgetting, reconciliation, condoning, dismissing or pardoning.”

 

“Forgiveness is…the decision to continually and purposefully commit to being driven by love.”

 

You can’t love someone when you’re filled with bitterness and rage.

 

So on Tuesday we decided to have a bonfire and symbolically burn our rage…not our bras. HA!!!

 

We asked all the girls to write a letter to God listing all the people and the offenses that they needed to forgive. We have a spot in the back of Mercy Street where we have a fire pit and we lit a big ole fire and we burned our letters, as we talked about the freedom of forgiveness.

 

Oh….the freedom of us being forgiven…as far as the east is from the west, people…God is good.

 

And then we danced around the fire and sang silly songs, made smores, and young ladies that carry weights larger than most of us have seen in our lifetimes danced in the field as light as fairies.

 

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3.13 

 

*This is my affectionate name for her.

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3 Responses to “Oh Forgiveness”

  1. Hannah, I’m so privileged to know you, and to know our Lord more because of you.
    I love you!

  2. Mindy Sue said

    I think you’re getting better. I would maybe even go to say that you are becoming a TRUE blog in my book!!!
    I love hearing your side of events that I too experience – it’s funny how it makes me wish I was there…but yet I was! haha
    I pretty much love doin life with you!

  3. martha said

    you’re amazing

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