Forgiveness does not begin and end with the person who is forgiving, nor is its emphasis on how forgiveness can help me. Whatever benefit forgiveness may have to me personally, it is not about me – it is about us. It is about people created by God to live in relationship with him and one another. As such, we are in the depths of our identity lovers of people and restorers of broken relationships. We are indeed our brother’s keeper!
original emphasis, Alfred Poirier, The Peacemaking Pastor (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006), 148-149.
I needed that thought today. Thanks.
I need that quote today myself as I work through a personal issue in which the other person won’t even admit sin as clearly defined in the Bible. Struggling to understand the tension between repentance (or lack of it) and forgiveness.