At a recent retreat I was at, the topic of forgiveness was discussed and various aspects of it. As I pondered more on what I heard and learned there I began to wonder what would true forgiveness look like? How could we recognize it. Is it simply a matter of saying "I'm sorry, please forgive me" and then forget about it or is there more too it? The following are some of my initial thoughts on this.
What Does It Mean To Forgive?
To understand what it means to forgive we need to understand what justice is from a biblical perspective as well as what true peace is.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.--Psalm 34:14 NRSV