Posts tagged Dear Matthew
The Creativity of Forgiveness

I wonder if Dinah forgave prince Shechem for raping her (Gen. 34).  Could Tamar of Genesis have forgiven her brother-in-law Onan for sexually taking advantage of her (Gen. 38) or Tamar of 2 Samuel have forgiven her half-brother Amnon for raping her (2 Sam 13)?  Did Bathsheba forgive King David at some point in their marriage after he abused his power and forced her to have sex with him (2 Sam 11)?  There are few things I can imagine that may be more offensive than sexual assault, a trespass that painfully takes something very personal and physical from someone, which cannot be given back.  Against such crimes, forgiveness must be extremely hard.  And yet I also wonder how could Jesus forgive his enemies as he hung on the cross, his body shamed and tormented, saying, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

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