Saturday, April 23, 2016

When ‘Forgiveness’ Cries Out To Be Heard

CONFLICTS arrayed in the flurry of life: that is often our context.  Not that any one side or other is any righter than the other.  Conflict, by definition, decrees no sanctity on rightness or wrongness.
Conflict is simply difference.  But it’s also insidious and carcinogenic.  It leads to terminal bitterness and resentment if it’s left untreated.
In conflict ‘Forgiveness’, if we could just personify this sacred quality, cries out to be heard.  One forgives another, and links are created in a chain of compassion.  One is self-effacing enough to lean toward the other, and it almost always requites a response.
Forgiveness has to start from one side.  One side needs to take up the cudgels of antimony and indifference and make a way for hope to intercede.
One side needs to hear the voice of Forgiveness, enter into its frame, and drive within its scaffold, to begin the process.
Hearing Forgiveness, and listening to what it says, requires humility, but just as much it requires faith, which is courage — to let go of what is held in order to embrace something transcendently better.
When Forgiveness is heard, a heart is softened, and just such a softening makes for a softening in others’ hearts.  The softness of grace is the heartbeat of Forgiveness — she is the image of the Lord’s servant (see Isaiah 42).
Forgiveness cries out in a silent voice, but when we hear, her words are compelling.
As the Lord is heard in the silence, so too is Forgiveness.  When we finally do hear the silent cry of Forgiveness, she will convict us to reflect and compel us to act.
Forgiveness works by faith on a mirage of hope to proffer forth reconciliation.
The heart of God’s gospel is reconciliation.
All healing is in the heart of Forgiveness.  Hearts are healed when Forgiveness has its way.

© 2016 Steve Wickham.

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