Forgiveness in Real Time

When it comes to living out forgiveness, I find much confusion. There are two terms that help make sense of how to live out forgiveness in real time: an open heart and current reality. Forgiveness is not forgiveness until there is an open heart. Forgive and forget doesn’t work. (The term current reality will help explain that.) Treating the person as if the wound never happened isn’t real life. So what works? An open heart. Forgiveness that is complete should bring the result of an open heart. The first trait of an open heart is that it can hear God. Where there is bitterness or wounds, these occupy a part of a person’s focus. It is as if there is one eye on God and one eye on the

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