So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent.” The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura DavisLuke 4:29-30
“They rose up, drove Him (Jesus) out of the town, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl Him down headlong.
But He passed through the midst of them and went away.”
Forgiveness is for everyone! Mercy is for all! – But it is very tempting to set myself up as a judge, who deserves my forgiveness. Maybe you hurt me, maybe you don’t believe the things I do, maybe you hurt someone I love… I can always find a reason to not forgive….
But in prayer I have to take on the challenge to have the attitude of Christ.
I am not required to hang out with those who can do harm. I started thinking of the time the crowd was going to throw Jesus off the hill, but Jesus didn’t hang around, He went always. He stayed safe at that time. But I know even though He walked away, His purpose was to bring salvation to everyone. He lived and died for all.
There are times I have to walk away; forgiveness doesn’t mean we need to hang out. I walk away praying for the salvation of all, even the meanest person, even those who have done harm. I have to walk away without judging, walk away without retaliation, and walk away in hope that salvation with come to all.
Jesus walked away that day, then when the time came He walked to Calvary.
More reflection needed (more editing).