Sunday, February 3, 2013

Forgiveness Doesn't Mean What We Did is Okay.

It wasn't okay, is not now okay, and it never will be.  Nothing can ever make evil good.  that's not what forgiveness means.  It doesn't mean we're okay, either.

Forgiveness means God's love for us remains totally intact,  infinite, pure, uncompromised. 

Does that mean from now on our sin it won't affect our relationship with God?  No!  Of course it will.  Love is one thing and a relationship is another.  Now mattter how much and how perfectly God loves us, how can the relationship possibly same as it otherwise would be if there weren't this big, dark thing hanging between us?  Only repentance dissolves it and rinses it away.  Repentance allows us to turn a clear gaze toward the future, toward newness, toward hope and healing. 

Yes, healing will still be necessary.  That's part of what ascesis is for.


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