do you need help to forgive?

When I think about forgiveness, you don’t have to convince me that I need to forgive – I’m already on board with that.  The tricky part for me is the actual forgiving.  Here are some tips that might help you:

  • forgiveness isn’t a feeling.  Consider the Corrie Ten Boom quote, “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”
  • forgiveness in the greek means “to let go or release”:  when we forgive, we release the hurt, bitterness, judgment & pain
  • proficient forgiveness requires practice
  • forgiveness must be kept fresh – stale forgiveness can grow putrid in our emotions and thoughts
  • Here’s a cool & short video that could be helpful:  forgiveness

2 thoughts on “do you need help to forgive?

  1. All I know is you said to keep practicing it – seems like the Holy Spirit makes sure that happens – for sure until you get it right. Is that another trip around the mountain??

  2. Corrie Tenboom msg. was beyond conception making our piddly discrepancies quite trivial in comparison, yet God is so magnificent in that He has given us EVERYTHING even His Son and we still don’t appreciate His Greatness. Hmmmm

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