“There exists a greater testimony of grace when we fully know and understand what has happened, but still choose to forgive.”
I was just taking a trip down memory lane and found this written in one of my old journals. I find these words to be quite profound, so I wanted to share them.
I think it’s far too easy to be bitter – to hold onto hurt and be angry towards those who have wronged us. I also think it’s far too easy to forget – to suppress our painful experiences and pretend like nothing has happened. In fact, I honestly believe that the old expression forgive and forget isn’t forgiveness at all. I think this goes against the whole purpose of forgiveness and leaves us broken, with wounds that will not fully heal.
So I want to end this with a challenge. I know it’s not easy, but I challenge you to choose to forgive, but don’t forget. There is something freeing and powerful about recognizing the wrong that has been done against you and still deciding to forgive.
This kind of forgiveness speaks loudly to the person who has wronged you.
It relieves bitterness, anger, and pain.
This kind of forgiveness heals.
This is true forgiveness.