We all know we’re supposed to do it, we feel bad when we don’t, and sometimes it’s easier to just not think about it. But forgiveness is such a crucial element to Christianity — because it’s a major factor in love — that it’s worth asking God to help us successfully accomplish it.
Jesus spoke about forgiveness a lot (“Jesus talked about hell more than any other subject,” someone once told me. Seriously? What a sad, sad little religion this person follows), and it’s a good topic to explore, because all of us hurt, and are hurt by, others. Learning how to forgive is more important to civilization, and civilized behavior, then a shelf full of etiquette books.
The good news is, forgiveness is far less complicated than etiquette. The difficult news is, forgiveness is much harder to do than to learn how to properly set a table.
While there are many aspects to study about and meditate upon forgiveness, I’ve reduced them — in the spirit of 21st century simplicity — to five:
- Forgiveness isn’t easy.
- Forgiveness isn’t quick.
- Forgiveness isn’t always accompanied by positive, glowing feelings.
- Forgiveness is a process, not a one-time thing.
- Forgiveness takes a lot of practice, but fortunately, we get lots of opportunities.
Obviously, there are more than 5 key elements to forgiveness, but to read more about these five, please follow the link to my Commonsense Christianity article at BeliefNet, 5 Things to Know about Forgiveness.