Thursday, April 7, 2011

Forgive Because Forgiven

More from Brian Zahand's Unconditional:
"...when Jesus calls us to extend forgiveness in a radical way, we are not expected to do so through gritted teeth, but out of our own experience of being forgiven. Jesus and the apostles seem to believe that being a recipient of the infinite love of God should create within the forgiven sinner a wellspring of infinite capacity to forgive. We forgive out of our experience of being forgiven.  We love infinitely out of the reality of being infinitely loved.  We love with the love of God and forgive with the forgiveness we have received. We turn the other cheek because Jesus prayed from the cross, 'Father, forgive them.'  And the forgiven them turns out to be us.  Jesus only calls us to give what we have received - unbounded forgiveness."
From Brian Zahand, Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness, page 29