Do you have questions about how God’s love has the ability to sometimes accompany pain and disappointment? Check out this classic movie: The Shack
The Shack for me has been the best illustration of God’s love and the complexities of life rolled into a two-hour representation of a true story. You may not receive all the answers you are looking for concerning pain and forgiveness, but if you watch it with an open mind then you just may find the peace you have been looking for.
You must see this short clip concerning forgiveness. Oprah sits down with Marianne Williamson and the way she describes the path to forgiveness shed incredible light and perspective to the subject! Sit back, relax, and become enlightened. Enjoy
We make up our minds and our hearts to let go, knowing that carrying around anger and judgment toward others or ourselves is a burden we no longer wish to bear.
Beginning to Learn to Forgive
By Rev. Bill Englehart
Jesus was once asked how often one should forgive. Seven times? His response was, “Not seven times, but, I tell you seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22).
Seventy-seven is not a magic number. Earlier translations say seventy times seven, or 490. It was simply Jesus’ way of saying forgiveness can be infinite.
To understand forgiveness, we need to understand what it is not. It is not about condoning bad behavior or saying we must trust those who have mistreated us. It does not mean that there will be no justice for bad acts.
Consider this from H. Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth, written more than 100 years ago:
“To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more than this. To forgive is to give for—to give some kind of actual definite good in return for evil given.”
This may seem like a tall order but when done, we can see the results straightaway. I have known parents who forgave the person who killed their child. When I asked why, they said that if they had not, they would be consumed with anger and bitterness. Forgiveness was the answer.
Forgiveness is the act of releasing ourselves from the bondage of an ongoing negative connection. Forgiveness resurrects our peace of mind from the perils of victimhood and releases our negative judgments.
Why Do We Forgive?
We forgive to reclaim our equilibrium. It is a joy to forgive. It’s also worthy of note that the “Lord’s Prayer” says, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Special thanks to Rev. Bill Englehart for this incredible information.
One of the greatest reasons why I extend forgiveness
to the people around me is because I am honest about how flawed I am.
When I was younger, I would battle with the idea that I
do so many things wrong. I always had a reason or logical explanation as to why
I made a mistake or let someone down. I would never admit that I had messed up
or did something wrong. For example:
“if the person driving in front of me would go faster,
I wouldn’t be late”
“if you would just mature, I would be able to be
honest with you”
If you make a mistake, no matter what the explanation is
that follows, you must ask for forgiveness. The word of God is says to ask for forgiveness
We serve a God who wants us to come to Him with our
troubles and our problem so that He can exchange our issues with His provision
If we do not learn how to acknowledge our wrong
doings, then we are saying that there is no need for a savior. Everyone makes
mistakes, its time we learn to turn those mistakes over to the only one who can
fix them. God.
Forgiveness is not saying
you accept the person who wronged you. Instead, forgiveness is choosing
to accept what happened as it happened rather than what could or should have
There are things that we can control in life, but a person’s personality
is not one of them. If you are on this planet then there has been some instance
where you did not get what you deserved, been lied to or worse.
I am here to tell you that holding on to the unforgiveness is punishing
you and not the person who wronged you. Its time to understand what has happened
and choose to forgive yourself and forgive the one who wronged you.
You are not able to change what has happened, but you can change the burden
Heavenly Father, I forgive anyone who has ever wronged me or hurt me
or cursed me or lied to me or prayed witchcraft prayers over me and I
bless them in the Name of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father I ask You to
forgive me for any unforgiveness, any bitterness, any anger, any strife,
any animosity, and any resentment that I have in my heart toward anyone
at this time, in Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
As we journey into 2019 we must acknowledge the past highs and lows of 2018.
It’s time to say Bon voyage to past mistakes, relationships, and failures. It’s 2019 and the first person we will forgive this year is ourselves! While society tells us to throw away the negative things I say welcome them. Use them as a building block to say either ” I will not do that again” or ” I will not be that again.” Do not leave the unsettled attributes of a past year around for the dog to pick up and bring to you later. Sweep up the smiles, tears, laughs, and pain and put them up appropriately. You deserve to be forgiven, choose today to forgive yourself for last year! SLiM