Forgiveness is a challenging process. It is challenging because it can appear incomplete when it is granted. The greatest challenge in the act of forgiveness comes when the condition of our hearts is revealed. We want those we consider guilty to suffer to the degree of our disgust and offense. We want the victims to be recompensed according to our measure of what we consider justice. No process of forgiveness between human beings is ever perfect because imperfect people are involved.
In the eyes of God, an offer of forgiveness is beyond perfect, it is beautiful. It is beautiful to Him whenever we choose to live in harmony with each other, especially when we did not achieve our desired outcome.
Once we choose to forgive, at times through gritted teeth, our next task is to harness our emotions and demand they submit to the will of God. We do this by actively choosing to heal and repair the conditions that led us to a place where forgiveness was required. Not making that choice will deaden our souls, harden our hearts and make it difficult for us to hear the whispers of God’s Spirit.