The Cost of Forgiveness

Raw, full forgiveness in the face of broken trust, it’s uncomfortable, you know? But in the face of Christ, we don’t have any choice. Not even when it comes at a high price.

Full forgiveness is a painful, lonely, joyful, exhilarating place.

Because human forgiveness, it can only go so far…As humans, we remember, and we are hurt. And we don’t know how to control our minds. And our minds, they just don’t get it, and they think that somehow, if we would “get it,” “it” would be more forgivable.

When faced with the unforgiveness that my heart wanted to invite, the grace of God helped me to fight back. I chose to love fully, refusing to give in to the poison that sought to invade my soul. One moment at a time, I won. Glorious, beautiful, joy-exploding victory.

But I found myself alone, like on the opposite side of the river, far from those I love–far from those with whom I share life. The chasm seemed so deep, carved by judgement and a lack of understanding.

chasm

And for the first time ever, I knew what a leper must have felt back then–removed from all, unable to join in the community, on the outside, never touched, shunned, shamed.

Alone and even lonely.

But my Jesus, He took my in His arms, reminding me to throw all judgments far from my heart. Reminding me to move in true love, no matter what. Reminding me the price He paid for it all. And when my heart soaked His mercy, all judgment flew out the door.

And the chasm, it did not swallow me. And the grace of God ushered in perseverance unto victory, love from an unstained heart.

And I indeed walked where feet cannot wander. And you know what? It is lovely out there! Because Jesus, He is right there with me. And He shows me more of who He is. And there is nothing better than that!

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4 comments

  1. I’ve had to walk the forgiveness trail. I thought I was at the end and out of the woods but there have been several times when I had to backtrack and find the right trail again. Thanks for sharing this insightful post.

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  2. Oh my goodness, friend! These words are words my heart could have poured out, for He is teaching me the same thing… it’s not easy –but (dang it!) it is right! 😉 I’d rather be out walking on the water with Him, than ‘safe’ in the boat, facing the storm on my own! Grace, grace… After all, Love wins!

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