In my last post I wrote about Ted Dekker’s “The Forgotten Way,” which I have been reading with my wife, Cindi. We had read it together, with the study guide, and determined to do it again. That desire to repeat the process has turned into an object lesson on how we forget our good intentions. I has been a struggle to find the time to do this consistently, but mostly it comes down to…forgetting. And that is how the way gets forgotten!
As I said last time, the world we see gets more attention than the unseen world. That is why we must be intentional about seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. And this takes focus on the fundamentals. I believe that is why “The Forgotten Way” has a repeating group of thoughts at the heading of so many pages:
We seek to know a love that holds no record of wrongs.
We seek a love that knows no fear.
There is no fear in love.
The recurring themes of love and forgiveness are taught, not as something we must do so much as something we must discover about our God. Perhaps that is because we justify so much of our judgment and lack of love on our belief that God is angry at the object of our anger. I don’t know a single person who has not had the experience of righteous indignation. And I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a single living person say, “Forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
Forgiving wrongdoing is hard because it can be seen so easily. The blood that was shed to forgive that sin is invisible to us. When the wrongdoing is against YOU, it is even harder to let it go. And if there is a whole advocacy group complex working to keep you reminded of the sins of the past and how they have trickled down to harm you, it is a wonder if “a love that holds no record of wrongs” is ever found.
If you believe in Jesus Christ and what He did for you by dying on the cross and rising from the dead, you have certain spiritual rights. You have the right to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and they are yours if you are in Christ. These rights do not just happen automatically. Like your civil rights, you must insist on them! And you must believe in them in the invisible realm before people will see them in the physical realm.