April 2020: Forgiveness
Last month we talked about unconditional love and hopefully you can find it in your heart to begin practicing this new system of thinking and being. Sometimes, it’s hard to love unconditionally when you have unforgiveness in your heart. This month, let’s focus on forgiving.
**Note: You do not, unless you so desire, have to respond to this letter**
Monthly Focus: Letting Go of Offense
Key Verses: Mark 11:25; Ephesians 4:32
Memory Verse: 1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I don’t want this to be your typical lesson in forgiveness. No, we should really dive deep into our hearts, our traumas, our beliefs, our pasts, and REALLY learn about who (or what) we need to forgive. One of the main reasons we don’t forgive, is because we aren’t persuaded why we should forgive, and that’s what I want to start our discussion with today.
Why should we forgive? What are the benefits of forgiving? What if the other person/people involved aren’t sorry for what they did? These are all legitimate questions and concerns when one is considering letting go of an offense. However, the real power in understanding forgiveness is not in holding on to the painful memories and sequences of events that came against you. The real power is understanding that when you free others of their wrongs against you, you hold power over the situation.
I know that probably sounds crazy, but hear me out. Forgiveness has nothing to do with the other person and everything to do with you. Holding that hurt, anger, and hardness in your heart only hurts you, it doesn’t impact the other person/situation. The Bible says that a root of bitterness will spring up and trouble you. meaning that you holding on doesn’t hold them accountable. By keeping the memories fresh and replaying them, you torment yourself. You have to love yourself enough to let go. The true power in the
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