Thoughts on Forgiveness at Joshing.orgFEAL | 29 Nov 2007
For a simple, clear, and to the point look at the nature of forgiveness (from the author’s perspective – which appears to be a Christian one) take a look at this blog entry on joshing.org
Like myself, the author seems to have an interest in the origin and root meaning of words. He discovered this about forgiveness.
The Greek word translated as forgiveness in the New Testament is aphesis. It means dismissal, release, pardon, “to send away” (paid in full).
The Author also had the following to say about what forgiveness is and is not:
Forgiveness is not: approving, excusing, justifying, pardoning, reconciliation (takes two), denying, blindness, forgetting, not taking the wrong seriously, pretending we aren’t hurt.
Forgiveness is: being aware and still forgiving, keeping no records, refusing to punish, not telling others, being merciful, graciousness (what you don’t say), an inner condition (in the heart), absence of bitterness, forgiving God, forgiving ourselves.