Forgiveness: The Final Form of Love

Jewish theologian Martin Buber teaches that human beings are “promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing” creatures. It is forgiveness that lies in the space between promise breaking and renewing. The process of forgiveness requires us to face the worst and the best of our humanness. Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, originator of the Serenity Prayer, hallows forgiveness as the “final form of love.” It is an essential component of creating Beloved Community. What do we do when those we trust most break their promises and seek forgiveness?