Abandon Your Offenses

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matt 6:12)

Just walk away!

I have talked about this a bunch, because my heart beats with the Fathers desire to see relationships be the center of our lives. Today, as I look at this word “forgive” the definition catches me by surprise.

We have all been told “forgive and forget.” This is not a biblical concept. And in fact, as you try to do it, you will find you cannot forget, and so you assume you have not forgiven.

The word here “forgive” is the Greek word ἀφίημι [pronounced ä-fē'-ā-mē] and check out the list of definitions: [highlighting is mine]

1) to send away
     a)to bid going away or depart
          1) of a husband divorcing his wife <--
     b) to send forth, yield up, to expire
     c) to let go, let alone, let be
          1) to disregard
          2) to leave, not to discuss now, (a topic)
               a) of teachers, writers and speakers
          3) to omit, neglect
     d) to let go, give up a debt, forgive, to remit
     e) to give up, keep no longer
2) to permit, allow, not to hinder, to give up a thing to a person
3) to leave, go way from one
     a) in order to go to another place
     b) to depart from any one
     c) to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned
     d) to desert wrongfully
     e) to go away leaving something behind
     f) to leave one by not taking him as a companion
     g) to leave on dying, leave behind one
     h) to leave so that what is left may remain, leave remaining
     i) abandon, leave destitute

[Above listing is from www.BlueLetterBible.org my favorite resource site for this kind of info. It makes study simple!]

I will keep this simple. Here is how we must treat the offense (not the person.)

  • Divorce yourself from your offense
  • Send it away
  • Neglect the offense (not the offender)
  • Leave the offense – go away in order to go to another place (I love that!)
  • Go, leaving it behind
  • Do not take your offense as a companion
  • Abandon your offense
  • Leave it destitute

If you will treat your offense like this, it will (over time) allow you to treat the offender as a brother again.

You will likely never forget – that is not the way you are made. But you can choose not to carry that ugly baggage with you. Leave it behind, and move to a better place without it. [Tweet This]

More on this tomorrow.

Thanks for coming by.

Ben

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