On Thursday afternoons at BtT, we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC and Southeastern alum. Recently, J. D. wrote about forgiveness according to Psalm 32.
Here’s an excerpt:
Forgiveness is one of those tricky words. The word seems simple enough, but I’m convinced that most people in our society don’t think of forgiveness in biblical terms, especially in the context of “God forgives me.” Most people tend to combine “forgive” with “excuse” or (even worse) “ignore,” which makes for a nasty mixture.
Psalm 32 gives us a litmus test for true forgiveness, which shows us how distinct it is from all competing ideas. According to the psalmist, those who find forgiveness are changed by it. Once we are truly forgiven, we find that our love for God and our compassion for others begin to grow.