Forgiveness

“What could you want that forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

All this forgiveness offers you and more. Forgiveness offers everything I want. Today I have accepted this as true. Today I’ve recieved the gifts of God.”

Course in Miracles

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9 thoughts on “Forgiveness

  1. True, and yet it’s one of those things which, where the harm has been great, is often a process for people.

    It may also be harder to forgive when the harm done is to someone other than or something greater than yourself. For example, future generations, in real trouble from the effects of global warming that present leaders are, in a word, doing nothing about, may find it hard to forgive them for sending them and their children back to the Stone Age or worse.

  2. My uncle is a speaker at their conferences… he gave me a tape (yes, a cassette tape) to listen to entitled “The Metaphysics of Separation and Forgiveness” by a guy named Kenneth Wapnick about five years ago. Are you pretty familiar with A Course in Miracles?

  3. Its a great thought. I think we need more than forgiveness though- we need restoration. Jesus’ death brought forgiveness, but his resurrection brought a new kind of life. But I’m probably nitpicking this one too much… it’s a very meaningful quote.

  4. Ryan, thanks for the comment. that’s an interesting distinction you make here.

    I guess I have always viewed the death of Jesus on the cross as the ultimate act of forgiveness and healing, and that the resurrection embodies the celebration or awareness of what Christ has already done. In the end, as you point out, we do indeed need both. We need the act of sacrifice and forgiveness, but we also need to celebrate and receive what’s been done on our behalf, to truly appreciate what’s been done.

  5. I think you’d like “Surprised by Hope” by NT Wright. He does a sweet job of talking about the implications of the resurrection (among other things). Good stuff.

  6. I would totally agree with Ryan, it is indeed another great book by Tom Wright. I recently had the pleasure of seeing him speak on the subject. I’m currently reading his New Testament and the People of God which is proving to be an awesome read.

    If you have some spare time I would also recommend this for a listen -> http://www.worshipcentral.org/audio/n-t-wright-live-at-worship-central which is Tom Wright speaking no Worship at a recent conference that my church runs.

    Jonx

  7. Totally agree with previous comments about N.T.’s latest book. It’s one of my favorites.

    I’m also intrigued by the distinction of forgiveness and restoration… as if these are two separate things that occur within the life of someone who is being “reshaped” into the image of God.

    To forgive is to participate in the restoration of others… and certainly the restoration and liberation of your own life as well, right?

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