The best definition of forgiveness I think I’ve ever heard says that it is a matter of simply refusing to allow any other person to decide whether I’m happy or not. In other words, forgiveness isn’t really about the person or situation that has injured me — it’s about me. It’s about what I decide to continue to carry around … or not. Jane Shaw reminds us that in Christ, God has chosen not to “carry around” our sinfulness. Makes me wonder how much more creative, generative, and free humanity might be if we weren’t so weighed down.
What do you need to be able to put down past hurts or injuries? How do you shake the dust from your feet?