31 Days With Elisabeth Elliot: Forgiveness

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This is from from “As We Forgive Those….” from Elisabeth’s book Love Has a Price Tag:

To forgive is to die. It is to give up one’s right to self, which is precisely what Jesus requires of anyone who wants to be his disciple.

“If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, carry his cross every day and keep close behind me. For the man who wants to save his life will lose it, but the man who loses his life for my sake will save it.”

Following Christ means walking the road he walked, and in order to forgive us he had to die. His follower may not refuse to relinquish his own right, his own territory, his own comfort, or anything that he regards as his. Forgiveness is relinquishment. It is a laying down. No one can take it from us, any more than anyone could take the life of Jesus if he had not laid it down of his own will. But we can do as he did. We can offer it up, writing off whatever loss it may entail, in the sure knowledge that the man who loses his life or his reputation or his “face” or anything else for the sake of Christ will save it.

Wow, not easy – but possible only by His grace.

See all the posts in this series here.

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9 thoughts on “31 Days With Elisabeth Elliot: Forgiveness

  1. Dying to self is rarely easy but the right thing is rarely the easy thing. However, we serve a mighty God who can and will give us the ability to forgive if we ask Him!!!! Fun to visit your blog for the first time!!!! God bless sweet sister!!!

  2. Barbara, I am so behind on your Elizabeth Elliott posts. This is a good one. Hard to forgive but the weight that comes off our shoulders when we do is wonderful!

  3. Pingback: 31 Days With Elisabeth Elliot | Stray Thoughts

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