Forgiveness A Command, Reconciliation An Option?
The longer I walk this journey called adoption, the stronger my belief is that the key–the whole key–to being healthy and thriving, to having a cup brimming over with joy, is to learn to forgive.
How I wish I would have known some of the things I’ve learned lately about forgiveness and reconciliation. In Dr. Henry Townsend’s book Forgiving the Unforgivable, he clarifies the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation.
Forgiveness is an act of obedience for Christians. Reconciliation, however, is not the same as forgiveness. Reconciliation is an option for those like myself who met a cruel birth mother. We don’t need to keep trying to reconcile. I came to the conclusion with my mother that I was banging my head against a brick wall. We don’t have to do that, fellow adoptees!
We can shake the dust off our feet and go on with an overflowing cup….as in “my cup runneth over.”
Dr. Townsend gives about a ten-question quiz about forgiveness. It’s true/false. I’ll be sharing some of that next week!
In the meantime, stay well and safe!
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