What do we do when we need to give or receive forgiveness from someone no longer in our lives? Does Forgiveness insult justice? Does forgiveness belittle and reduce the weight of sin and wrongdoing? These questions and more as we take “Forgiveness” to the next level, in response to Kelly’s sermon on January 20, 2019.
“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. It is impossible even to begin the act of loving one’s enemies without the prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us. It is also necessary to realize that the forgiving act must always be initiated by the person who has been wronged, the victim of some great hurt, the recipient of some tortuous injustice, the absorber of some terrible act of oppression. The wrongdoer may request forgiveness. He may come to himself, and, like the prodigal son, move up some dusty road, his heart palpitating with the desire for forgiveness. But only the injured neighbor, the loving father back home, can really pour out the warm waters of forgiveness.”
-Martin Luther King Jr., taken from a Christmas Eve sermon on 1957.