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Forgiveness Pictured

July 23, 2014

“The importance of forgiveness is a constant theme of Scripture. There are no less than seventy-five different word pictures about forgiveness in the Bible. They help us grasp the importance, the nature and the effects of forgiveness.

  •  To forgive is to turn the key, open the cell door and let the prisoner walk free.
  • To forgive is to write in large letters across a debt, ‘Nothing owed’.
  • To forgive is to pound the gavel in a courtroom and declare, ‘Not guilty!’
  • To forgive is to shoot an arrow so high and so far that it can never be found again.
  • To forgive is to bundle up all the garbage and trash and dispose of it, leaving the house clean and fresh.
  • To forgive is to loose the moorings of a ship and release it to the open sea.
  • To forgive is to grant a full pardon to a condemned criminal.
  • To forgive is to relax a stranglehold on wrestling opponent.
  • To forgive is to sandblast a wall of graffiti, leaving it looking like now.
  • To forgive is to smash a clay pot into a thousand pieces so it can never be pieced together again.”

John Nieder and Thomas Thompson, Forgive and Love Again


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