Monday, July 05, 2010

RADICAL RULE-BREAKING FORGIVENESS


Without radical rule breaking forgiveness, the dawning of a new kinda day remains impossible. And we really have no ability to make that happen in the larger community or even in another individual, and thinking we do usually just serves as a distraction from what is possible. But when it comes to us as individuals, the possibility is still alive and well. And as it is with love, it is with forgiveness also...It all hinges on how forgiven we feel and how we see that forgiveness. Was it radical in the sense that it wasn't tied to anything we did? Completely free? Or was it tied to a set of hoops we were required to jump through first? How we see it and understand it will determine how we live with others. And how we live with others is a perfect indicator of what we believe about forgiveness.

Without this radical forgiveness and grace, the hurts we have caused one another will remain logged in our memory and will cause the fight to rage on and will continue to sabotage the very thing we long for.

"God's response as revealed in Jesus is not to crush us as we might expect, but to break the cycle of estrangement and rivalry with the transforming power of love. We see on the cross, in Richard Rohr's terms, "the naked God". God is made small, stripped naked, arms stretched out, so that our false image of a threatening judgmental God is taken away and God's heart of love for us is revealed. The threat is removed; we have nothing to fight against. God surrenders first so we can give up the fight too and come home. The cycle of rivalry and violence is broken through the weakness of God on the cross." Derek Flood

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