Fake forgiveness

Is rushed

Half baked 

Performative 

And full of pretence

It harbours bitterness 

Allows abuse to continue

And pays lip service to one of God’s greatest gifts. 

It’s true that forgiveness is vital 

But it’s counterfeit is deeply detrimental. 

We do not forgive for the sake of appearances of peace

Nor for a higher moral ground.

We forgive because we are forgiven

And because the alternative is truly not viable. 

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