When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother, Jesus called him to radical forgiveness. Jesus ushered in a new kind of forgiveness when he put aside the “eye for an eye” theology of the Old Testament. As Christians, we are called to forgive even when it’s difficult and sometimes seems impossible.
Brian Zahnd is blunt about our need to forgive in his book, “Radical Forgiveness”. He uses examples from the lives of Corrie Ten Boom and, more recent, the Amish community who forgave the man who killed little girls in an Amish school. They even offered compassion and sympathy to the family of the killer.
Forgiveness is not a popular concept in today’s society. Reading the headlines, you will see our world is all about justice and retribution. However, if we, being sinners, were offered total and unconditional forgiveness at the foot of the cross, how can we not offer forgiveness to our fellow men?
Zahnd’s book is hard to read, but it is necessary. He pokes you where it hurts and brings to light what we need to deal with as Christians.
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