I Must Work Even Harder on Myself

Still just as applicable this week as it was last. The Lord’s conforming process is never easy…

Much love.

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Geoff G.

    Something to remember about forgiveness (as I see it in any case):

    Unsolicited forgiveness can very easily appear to be an aggressive thing. Because if I tell someone who hasn’t asked for it that I forgive them nevertheless, it implies that they are in the wrong, that they have done something that I, magnanimously of course(!), can forgive.

    Does that mean that I cannot forgive those that I see as having wronged me? No, of course not. But it’s an internal process first and foremost. I may forgive them in pectore so that my own future actions won’t be colored by my resentment.

    My rule of thumb on forgiveness: it’s almost always better to remain silent and let my deeds speak for themselves. Let my future actions, not my present words, reveal my forgiveness and desire for reconciliation.


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