FORGIVE 70 x 7
I can’t think of anyone I need to forgive 490 times. Can anyone?
Then I remembered one of Jesus most radical statements: “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Hmmm…now I remember where I need to start in this forgiveness business…and where I could easily find 490 offenses…against my own mental purity, grace, poise, strength…to forgive. They were all in me. I needed to start with forgiving myself.
There’s an old adage: ”When you point a finger at someone, three more are pointing back at you.” Try it.
The more I started thinking about those instances when I felt “victimized,” the more I realized that I was seeing the other person as aggressive, angry, thoughtless, careless, abusive, etc. And in doing so, I was participating in the violation of my own mental purity…the abiding place of my true identity.
No, you’re right, I wasn’t hitting, stealing, gossiping, or abusing that person. But I was thinking angry, dismissive, self-righteous, judgmental thoughts about a child of God. And this always made me feel bad about myself…no matter how much I’d been “wronged.”
I started to see that the most radical way I could practice forgiveness, was to give up my right to be a victim. By cleaning up my own thinking about my neighbor, I could begin to think, and love, in a way that heals and transforms.
Kate Robertson, June 2012
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