Many promising reconciliations have broken down because, while both parties came prepared to forgive, neither party came prepared to be forgiven.
… Charles Williams
The gesture of forgiving someone else is often referred to as “extending the Olive branch”. How peaceful is that imagery? The phrase conjures a picture of Biblically attired individuals, stepping forward in dusty, sandaled feet and stretching out a hand to offer and receive a leafy twig in reconciliation.
Self-forgiveness doesn’t feel like that at all to me. When it comes to forgiving myself, it’s not a peace-summit olive branch that comes to mind. It’s more like a flag raised on a bloody battlefield.
Part of the difficulty is that as long as I carry guilt, it seems like I’m paying back some of the debt that I drove up in my sin. This is really like telling God, “Thanks for the mind-blowing…
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