On Reconciling a Separation

In my book, Love as A Way of Life, I talk about the power of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice to lift the penalty and let the offender back into your life. Their actions or words hurt you deeply, but they apologized and you extended mercy instead of demanding justice. That is exactly what God has done for us. The justice of God was settled on the cross. He can forgive us and still be just because the penalty has been paid by Christ. We can forgive others for the same reason. Forgiveness does not remove all of the hurt, but it does open the door to the possibility of reconciliation. Forgiveness removes the barrier and allows you to even return good for evil. This is love as a way of life.