Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Remorse and Forgiveness

I watched a video about a father defending his autistic son from mistreatment by school staff that impacted me emotionally on a deep level regarding two areas – forgiveness and remorse. I appreciated the father’s honesty, fatherhood duties, and overall responsibility to society, but the experience was missing one thing – words of forgiveness for his son’s tormenters. On both sides, we make the choice to show remorse and forgiveness in every situation, but typically showing remorse publicly is taboo as those people who do are secretly judged, ostracized, and isolated in society. On the forgiveness side, I recently saw a great media example at the end of the film October Baby (watch the ending credits for even more insight into that sequence). God continually teaches me so much through media with principles for society that make a huge difference all for His glory.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Luke 7:47
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

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