Isn’t forgivness a choice rather than a feeling?
I would suggest that forgiveness is neither a feeling we feel NOR a choice we make … but a MIRACLE that happens within us.
We have heard it so many times within the context of “Christian duties” that we totally miss the sense of the miraculous in those words of Paul. We are being called to assume the reality of our union with He who has forgiven all sin.
…forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32:
The words have lost their shock value. Forgive one another?! … but no one can forgive sins but God alone. The words call us to that place where we REALLY live … that place where there is no sin. It is the place where there is no law against us. It is the place of impossibility. It is the place where none of the old logic or formulas work. It is not the place of choice, it is the place where all choices have run dry. It is the realm of faith.
Hold no sin against one another anymore.
If any man is in Christ he is a new creature, the old has passed away, the new has come.2 Corinthians 5:17
We used to evaluate one another after the flesh. It is how we used to evaluate Christ. But now we evaluate him that way no longer. He died unto sin and has raised HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH IT ANY LONGER.
Guess what? Those in Christ are not only dead to sin through His death, they have been raised in the exact same life that raised Christ. He was the seed that went into the ground alone and died and has now been raised from the dead bearing much fruit with seed in them. That’s us.