To err is human, to forgive divine

Where in the Bible is the verse that says it is human to make mistakes but it’s divine to forgive them?  What does it mean?

You’re probably thinking of the old saying that it is human to err but it is divine to forgive. It means simply that when we make mistakes or do wrong we are acting like human beings—but when we forgive others, then we are acting like God, who is always willing to forgive us. Although this saying isn’t found in the Bible, it does summarize an important truth from the Bible–or actually two important truths.

The first is a truth about ourselves: We are sinners, and we always tend to do wrong. As the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

The other truth is a truth about God: God loves us and stands ready to forgive us when we truly turn to Him in repentance and faith.

How do we know this? We know it because God sent His Son into the world to make our forgiveness possible. By His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins–totally and completely. The Bible says that in Christ “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14).
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How do you forgive someone when they have done wrong to you?  How do you differentiate a “mistake” from an “intentional action of disrespect”?  And should you even differentiate between the two?

How and should.  The mechanics of God.

Right now I am finding “forgiveness” is not that relevant.  What does “forgiving one who has wronged me” actually mean?  What is “life beyond” the forgiving meant to mean for me and that person?  Whose benefit is this all for … mine … theirs .. both .. neither … ?

And might my (perceived) credibility as a “Christian” be in their somewhere?  Because right now I am finding something else helps:

Shit happens helps.

Shit Happens does not require me to ponder the meaning of God or forgiveness or the sin or the sinner.  Shit Happens releases me from the complications of the how and should.  Shit Happens does not even require any learning to take from this “episode”.  With Shit Happens I become neither a better nor worse “me” …  But nor do I have to live the guilt … self-analysis … ponderings … time (all that time!) … figuring out the “Christian dynamic”.

Shit happens.  Move on.

All it takes is for me to believe and act on that.

And I do and am.  It is liberating.

And I am beginning to think more and more that (as with so much man-made-religion) being a (man-defined) Christian comes with a lot of man-made-non-God-stuff-baggage.

Shit happens.  Move on.

(do I hear an “amen”?)

🙂

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