Forgiveness as described by Gerald L. Sittser

“Forgiving people let God run the universe.
They let God punish wrongdoers as he wills,
and they let God show mercy as he wills too.”


“It is the tension between God’s justice and mercy
that makes God so capable of dealing with wrongdoers.
God is able to punish people without destroying them,
and to forgive people without indulging them.”

These quotes were taken from page 127 of Mr. Sittser’s excellent book A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss.

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday of the year because of all the relatives I got to see. Of course, all the lovely food did not hurt my attitude about the day, either! But over the years, it seems that sometimes the big family holidays are not always the joyful events we hope them to be, and I wonder how much unforgiveness drives this.

It has often been a problem for me. If it has been a problem for you, too, maybe we can pray for each other.

As the rough edges of others’ faults grate painfully against our own unfinished characters, maybe we can find some necessary relief through forgiveness. If you cannot do this on your own, tell God. He understands. If you ask Him to put his forgiveness into your heart and empower you to do what you have no strength to do on your own, He is always glad to do this for you. I have found this to be true in my own life, when I remember to seek God here. I pray that God will also be helping you here as you seek Him.

Praying for you to enjoy sweet, thankful, forgiving times with your loved ones,


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