Words of Hope: Forgiveness Revolution

At the conference Shann and I spoke at, we invited people to practice asking forgiveness. I role played with a woman who had been a Princeton professor for many years. Her eyes were incredibly empathetic. We both tried to be as authentic in the role play as possible. Both of us ended tearing up. The words were so powerful and so healing. Would you forgive me? People around the group were deeply moved. I don’t think many people have had someone who they don’t have tons of pain and bitterness genuinely ask forgiveness of them. I wonder how many have stepped into the radically more humbling position of asking forgiveness. By the time we ask one another for forgiveness, there is usually so much hurt that these words are powerless against the mountain of our pain. 

How powerful to create a language of repair before we become embittered—/Before we allow the wasteful ways we unintentionally harm each other to multiply and fester. 

I will hold on my heart the memory of the sincere connection we had forgiving and being forgiven by one another. My dad would be inspired by this and want to start a forgiveness revolution. I am ready to get this started! 

“If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9