St James Church Massacre
A Christian response to trials and suffering
1." A new, undesirable relationship comes between an offender and a victim." That needs to be resolved.
2. By choosing to forgive you are not condoning what happened.
The wrong done is still wicked, but now we leave it to God to punish the offender justly.
We are giving up our right to revenge. (Even in our imaginations).
3. For true forgiveness to be received there has to be repentance and as far as possible,
restitution. Again, our forgiveness does not erase the wrong done to us, it just frees
us from the bondage to the hate and anger and desire to retaliate.