From Noriko Dethlefs’ In His Strength (p53)
“It is rare that killers are brought to justice here [in Afghanistan], but in the case of a colleague – whose cousin was shot dead for not releasing some office documents – members of the family are taking the law into their own hands. When I spoke to them about forgiveness, they agreed to forgive after they found the killer and put him to death. It is a matter of honour”
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins
The above quotes present interesting contrasts in attitudes to forgiveness. The resulting outcomes are also significantly different.
What is REAL forgiveness? Something we apply AFTER punishing someone for perceived wrongs? Or something we apply despite being wronged?
What do we think is more important?
Maintaining our personal sense of honour – or being eligible for God’s forgiveness?