How would you describe forgiveness?

Forgiveness can be a complex issue, especially when it comes to deep or ongoing hurt. There’s definitely more to discuss than I had time to last Sunday, so here are some answers to common questions about forgiveness from Ray Pritchard’s, The Healing Power of Forgiveness.

How would you describe forgiveness?

We discussed this already a little bit in this post, but Pritchard has some helpful word pictures that he got from John Nieder and Thomas Thompson:

To forgive is to turn the key, open the cell door, and let the prisoner walk free.

To forgive is to write in large letters across a debt, “Nothing owed.”

To forgive is to shoot an arrow so high and far that it can never be found again.

To forgive is to bundle up all the garbage and trash and dispose of it, leaving the house clean and fresh.

To forgive is to grant a full pardon to a condemned criminal.

To forgive is to relax a stranglehold on a wrestling opponent.

To forgive is to sandblast a wall of graffiti, leaving it looking like new.

To forgive is to smash a clay pot into a thousand pieces so it can never be pieced together again.

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  1. #1 by Ray Pritchard on November 9, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    Luke, glad you could use the material from my book on forgiveness. God bless you as you preach the Word! Delighted if anything I write is useful to you. Blessings, Ray

  2. #2 by Luke Simmons on November 10, 2010 - 6:26 am

    Ray, wonderful to hear from you! Your book has been exceedingly helpful for me. It was recommended by a friend who is an avid reader and said it was one of two books he ever paid his children to read. I can see why. Thanks for your ministry.

  3. #3 by Hana on February 6, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    First, I praise the one that all praises are due, the creator of the heavens and the earth the one that created me and you from a single sperm. Second, I call you, and remind myself with utmost humbleness to love and praise him, to seek everything the pleases him for him being pleased with you is better than anything in this world. And seek forgiveness for all that you have done to displease him.
    Then I ask the creator to send blessing in every form to Jesus, for he is one of the best people that the creator has created. I ask you and myself to worship the creator alone and never ever worship any creation. Then I ask him to guide us to him, and to open us to anything that would get us closer to him.

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