Legitimate wounds

By Dave Henning / October 18, 2015

Bill Hybels continues Chapter 5 of Simplify with the second category to help us determine our response to those who have wronged us.

CATEGORY 2: Legitimate wounds.  Pastor Hybels notes Category 2 wrongdoings are more complex, leading to legitimate wound requiring resolution and healing.  Sooner or later all of us experience legitimate wounds.  They are a consequence of living in a sinful world.

When we’ve been wounded, wondering about justice is a legitimate question.  As the innocent party, it only seems fair we should be compensated in some way.  However, Pastor Hybels identifies two problems with this sort of worldly thinking:

a.  seeking justice doesn’t provide anywhere near the satisfaction the aggrieved person believes it will

b.  seeking revenge misdirects our energy focus and doesn’t lead to a simplified life

By itself, justice-seeking doesn’t lead to relational peace, although there is a time and a place for justice.  At the end of the day, Bill stresses, each of us must come to terms with what has happened to us, and we must forgive.  Clinging to a desire for justice and revenge costs our offender nothing.  It only enslaves us.  Pastor Hybels concludes:

“Forgiveness means we fully acknowledge the wrong that was done to us, grieve over what has been lost, and yet, eventually let the other person off the hook.”

Today’s question: If you have been able to forgive those responsible for your downsizing or vocation loss, who or what has been most instrumental in facilitating that process?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “Where’s the fire?”

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