Welcome Reader Friends and New Subscribers! David Telbat here. Today we visit a theme in one of my books, Sea Scribe. If you’ve read it, I hope you found it to be a model of forgiveness.
Damaged and in Pain
God has made us as beings who feel deeply. Though our feelings and memories are seen in the Bible as gifts by which we may enjoy our Lord more fully, sometimes people wrong us and those gifts from God are cluttered with injuries and pain. And in those times, our feelings aren’t seen as gifts. How can we ever get right again?
Many of you have discovered messages of pain, loss, and forgiveness in my suspense novel SEA SCRIBE, a Covert Christian Mission. Protagonist Troy Forge was stabbed 47 times, based on an actual tragedy that occurred several years ago. The assailants left the man for dead; his life meant nothing to them. And he should have died.
What’s your Injury?
What’s your pain? How were you wronged? Exercising forgiveness is not meant to erase wickedness, but to allow us to see that though wickedness may be powerful, it isn’t the most powerful thing.
Forgiveness of sins for those who receive God’s free gift of salvation is proof of this—that love in action triumphs ultimately over wickedness, even over our memories of evil done to us.
Do you Know Someone who Struggles to Forgive?
Sea Scribe may be a help to the one who has been hurt. Through much of the book, Troy Forge hates the man who assaulted him. How can such a memory be forgiven and forgotten, even if the wounds of the body have healed?
There are other characters in the book that are meant to help us see God’s hand of providence and comfort as well. There’s a young woman sold into potential prostitution in Moscow, and an indentured servant who labors in the shadow of a wicked man to do his bidding.
Forgiveness is not Blindness
Forgiveness doesn’t cast justice aside. Sin and consequence go together. But God shows us how His mercy takes into account wrongs done, yet burdens the debt Himself out of love, sparing the sinner who receives His grace. What a model of forgiveness for us!
Read about this example of forgiveness in SEA SCRIBE today. We can know forgiveness toward others because we know forgiveness from God for our own sins. Let me know how forgiveness has brought you healing.
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