Forgiveness happens when you surrender your natural desire for revenge.
Reconciliation is the tranquility that results from right order.
I was driving along in the car and heard this fantastic little bit of information! How many times I have struggled over wondering if I’ve forgiven someone and then here I get a concrete definition. A definition that I can immediately put to use and gauge where forgiveness has indeed happened.
But I think where I fault short most is forgiving myself. I find myself replaying past mistakes, wallowing in sorrow while I mourn the chasm between God and I caused by my own sin.
Do I desire revenge against myself? Am I willing the good of myself?
It’s interesting how comfortable negativity can become; I hold it close like a blanket, enveloping myself in it.
My deepest gratitude, St. Augustine, for this practical definition.