Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Forgiving People

The Church ought to be a place of forgiveness, but we don't always manage to achieve that because we are focussed in the wrong place.
In understanding what is going on when we face the challenge of forgiving, perhaps it is helpful to remember what Richard Holloway says in his little book on fotgiveness.  It is an obvious thing to say, but something that we often miss.  He says: ‘We forgive people, not sins.  We forgive and accept people, in spite of their acts against us.’  In other words, in forgiving people we are not condoning what they have done, but we are accepting them. 

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