So, I am still [slowly] working my way through Suzanne Eller's book The Unburdened Heart. I've been carrying it in my purse, hoping for a moment here or there to read. Finally, tonight, I had a few solitude moments and I was able to finish the chapter I have been stuck in.
As she continues with the theme of forgiveness, I continue to read... not being able to wrap my head around this confusion... if I am struggling with abuse of someone else's evil choices, how is it my sin is preventing me from growing and being pure of heart. Maybe you struggle with the same thing... here is a from Suzanne Eller's book that make forgiveness and sin finally make sense in the face of abuse:
"In Romans 8:1-2, Paul describes how the hold of sin is broken and we find freedom through Christ. If we read about this freedom and see it only as freedom from our own sinful acts, we might miss the complete message. Through Christ, we are offered freedom from the hold of all sin, whether that is due to another person's sin or our own. We (you and me) are not destined to be bound by the influence of another person's choices!"
Powerful, right??!? When we receive the freedom of forgiveness through Christ, we are free from our sin. We are free from the sin that others do against us and God. We were designed to live within the grasp of God's hand... we were NOT designed to be trapped in the grasp of a human's sin and chooses against us.
I can't say it better than she did. But, have reassurance!! Fear can be replaced with freedom when you believe that God offers you freedom from the hold of sin... not just yours, but the sin that others commit against you.