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{Lessons Learned} Forgiveness Requires Humility

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 1 Comment

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2

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Two options were set before me when called to forgive Anthony (the man who murdered my dad):

I could either choose to remain prideful––failing to see error in my perspective––or I could choose to humble myself before God and recognize that my “truth” was not God’s truth.

Truth is, forgiveness requires humility. [Tweet that]

It requires us to recognize that we may have some culpability in the situation or, at the very least, that we’re not seeing as we ought. We need to recognize that not all of what we believe to be the truth is ultimately God’s truth.

When forgiving another of a sin committed against us, we must take a moment to examine ourselves as well. We need to understand that our perspective may be askew. We need to ask ourselves some very important questions.

How might we be wrong in how we’re looking at the situation?

How might our actions have contributed to the situation (in some cases)?

What biases are we be bringing into our perspective?

The proud never admit they may be wrong or their perspective may be biased or just plain wrong. The humble, on the other hand, seek to see as Jesus does even if that means they find fault in themselves.

{Forgiveness requires humility.}

Questions: Have you considered the possibility that your truth may not be true? How might we be able to shed our biases? How do you think we might be able to come closer to God’s truth? Share in the comments.