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Nadia Bolz-Weber on forgiveness

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Forgive Assholes

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s life lesson for the day: The bigger the asshole, the better to forgive and forget them.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageForgiveness is a big deal to Jesus, and like that guy in high school with a garage band, he talks about it, like, all the time.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAnd this is it. This is the life we get here on earth. We get to give away what we receive. We get to believe in each other. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly. And we never know what effect it will have for years to come. And all of it…all of it is completely worth it.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageSometimes the best thing we can do for each other is talk honestly about being wrong.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageBut inevitably, when I can’t harm the people who harmed me, I just end up harming the people who love me. So maybe retaliation or holding on to anger about the harm done to me doesn’t actually combat evil. Maybe it feeds it.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt would seem that when we are sinned against, when someone else does us harm, we are in some way linked to that sin, connected to that mistreatment like a chain. And our anger, fear, or resentment doesn’t free us at all. It just keeps us chained.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt has been my experience that what makes us the saints of God is not our ability to be saintly but rather God’s ability to work through sinners.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOur scars are part of our story, but they are not its conclusion. The past is ours and will always be a part of us, and yet it is not all there is. It’s a process, moving from wounds to scars to grief to showing those scars.

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