Scripture encourages us to include statements of thankfulness in our prayer lives (Philippians 4:6). In my prayer of thanks today, two things came to mind: forgiveness and loss. One sounds positive, the other negative. Why did those come to mind? What’s the basis for being thankful in good and bad, joy and sorrow, positive and negative? This is the first of two blogs sharing those thoughts.
Thinking on those two things led me to words that began with the prefix re-. Re– often begins words that indicate a return to a previous condition, often verbs that indicate restoration. Such words include replace, remake, realign, redeem, and reform.
When forgiveness occurs, several doors may open for a return to a previous condition.
- Rebirth – a child offers their mother forgiveness for giving them up for adoption and their relationship is reborn
- Renewal – a spouse offers their mate forgiveness for keeping a secret and their trust is renewed
- Restart – a boss offers their employee forgiveness for a misjudgment and their work is restarted
- Reunite – a church offers their pastor forgiveness for sin and their communion is reunited
These examples are certainly good, joyful, positive outcomes. Good, but not easy to achieve. Forgiveness takes hard work, just like getting anything back to its previous condition. If you’re wrestling with the hard work of forgiveness, think on the re-. Look forward to being thankful for re-.
When have you experienced the thankfulness of re- through forgiveness? How did you get there?