A little while back, I spent several hours preparing a lesson for our women’s Bible study on forgiveness. It’s something I’ve taught on before, but every time I study it, I am humbled, and my heart yearns to understand it deeper and deeper. Then, a dear friend of mine was wounded by her close friend, and we have since had many conversations about forgiveness.
As I’ve thought and meditated the last couple of weeks, I’ve often wondered, How do I know when I am truly forgiving someone and when I’m just exercising mental discipline in not thinking about them, not allowing them control over me, not attempting to exact punishment?
Then I made this mistake: I asked God to tell me. Eek!