“God’s mercy is balanced with His discipline. Forgiveness without discipline can lead to an abuse of His grace.”
“When we find it difficult to forgive, we can look to Jesus Christ as out ultimate role model in this respect. . . . By crying to the Father, ‘Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23:34), Jesus showed compassion toward His enemies and recognized their need for forgiveness.”
I picked up two passages from today’s SWIM reflection. Recently, I have a case that I need to practice forgiveness. Someone hurts my feeling and it was not easy to forgive that person from my heart. I pretended it was not a big thing, but I could not deny a hard feeling in my heart. I wanted to forgive the person who hurts me, but at the same time I wished at least that person can know what she/he has done (how bad it was what s/he did). Maybe that was the real intention of all revenge. When I read the first passage above, I was happy thinking that it is the passage which can imply that discipline is necessary. However, when I read the second passage above, I was ashamed because that was not how Jesus treated me. God will do God’s part whether it is just forgiveness or forgiveness with discipline. However, I also should do my part. As the one who was forgiven and saved by Jesus while I even did not know my sins, only thing I can do is to forgive my brothers and sisters and my enemies from my heart. Discipline is not my part, but God’s part.