24. We Depart…Again

Aug 08, 2015

24. We Depart…Again

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Why Forgive? The rupture in our relationship was so severe that it seemed beyond healing… Why should one imagine that forgiveness is possible?

Retreat: A place apart can provide at least some relief from daily confrontation and reminders. Has this worked perhaps…for you…separation?

Trappings: This time I had the money to “buy” an environment that might take the sting out of the pain. Do “trappings” solve fractured trust?

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  1. Lynn Severance Says: March 12, 2016 10:10 pm

    Why forgive? One will question the reality of forgiveness if they have never been on both sides of its need and had the experience of healing.

    When I have been hurt by another and they refuse to forgive, I am left holding the hurt. I then find myself in deep places with Christ, talking it through with him until such time He gifts me with his peace.

    When I have hurt another – something I never would want to do intentionally – I am never at peace until there is a resolve. I first of all go directly to the Lord to ask his forgiveness. He always forgives a true repentant heart. I have known forgiveness given to me by the one I hurt and healing is immediate. I have known no forgiveness given and then I am left to trust that God’s forgiveness is sufficient.

    I can’t imagine what those without a faith do to handle their severing experiences but I can imagine them wanting reconciliation.

    Retreat: In the context of a marital strife, I have no experience. With friends I know who are married and gone through such times – some have gained perspective from being separated and then worked toward reconciliation. I know others where it has done just the opposite and they divorced.

    Trappings: I don’t think any “thing” can be what resolves a fractured trust for what has been fractured is a heart. “Things” (whatever form they take) mask what needs to be addressed most deeply and that is two hearts ready to meet together and, in faith, work toward trusting again.

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