I just started to read this little book on forgiveness by David Augsburger. Forgiveness is something I struggle with. Something happened to me as a teenager and for some reason, I can’t forgive my ex-husband for it. I have been told over and over that if I can’t forgive than I will not be forgiven myself. This book says the same thing. I need to find a way to forgive him what he did to me if I want to ever be forgiven by God for what I have done during my life. This is the first time I have seen it in writing. I have heard it, but this book just appeared on the table in the community room for anyone to take. I picked it up as the title intrigued me.
Once you truly forgive you will forget it. Otherwise, it just hangs in your memory. Hmm, how interesting.
Myron Augsburger stated:
“To forgive is costly. To forgive…is to carry one’s own wrath on the sin of another; the guilty one is released, the offended one frees him, by bearing his own indignation and resolving it in love. God forgives by carrying His own wrath on the sin we’ve expressed against him…He absorbs our guilt and makes us free. Forgiveness goes through the sin to freedom.
You must not forgive just the trivial things, but everything, even the hurts that cut and sear. There are no exceptions! Seventy times seven!
The price of forgiving is high!
Be ready to forgive others as God forgave you.
That’s why forgiveness is rare. How can you hesitate to forgive your brother or your enemy?
Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. It is a free gift. When it is postponed it is vengeance.
Forgive immediately and continually and then finally. It is God’s way. Undeserved or not.
The past is the past. No more reliving it.
You must turn from sin to God.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM “The Freedom of Forgiveness 70×7” by David Augsburger
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian
Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com