I spoke with my Dad. He and I have good conversations. Dad’s my go-to person when I need spiritual guidance based on solid Bible teaching. Dad doesn’t just read his Bible, he studies it on a regular basis. He reads what other writers have to say about it, reads Bible commentaries and concordances and prays for God’s truth to be revealed. So you can understand that I have a lot of respect for his opinion on things of a spiritual nature.
This time I told him all about the forgiveness topic that I’m writing about, and asked his advice on how to best approach it. First thing he said to do was to come to terms with definitions.
So, taking out our old red Websters New Collegiate well-worn dictionary (that I inherited as part of our marriage contract), I turned to these words in reference to the root word ‘forgive’;
Forgive: 1. to cease to feel resentment against (an offender): PARDON (~one’s enemies)
2. a: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for (~an insult)
b: to grant relief from payment of (~a debt) ~vi: to grant forgiveness
Forgiveness: the act of forgiving: PARDON
As the word PARDON was jumping out at me in capital letters, I looked next at it. Does anyone know why certain words are written in caps? Anyway;
Pardon: 1: the excusing of an offence without exacting a penalty
3 a: a release from the legal penalties of an offence b: an official warrant of remission of penalty
4: excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offence, or discourtesy.
For today I’m going to let those definitions simmer a little bit. I’m going to consider how this new information found in definitions affects the answers to the questions of my last posting on forgiveness.
Any thoughts… any revelations?