FORGIVENESS

DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FORGIVE OTHERS?

KEYS FOR LIVING - FORGIVENESS

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit”

(Psalm 32:1–2)

Releasing You is Freeing Me

If you’ve been wounded by someone, how do you “get over it”? People want to forgive and forget . . . but often the pain is just too deep. Although hurts may have happened days, months, or even years ago, forgiveness seems out of reach. What if the offender never asks to be forgiven? Is there a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? In these Keys for Living, discover the four stages of forgiveness, which are all designed to help restore emotional wholeness and emulate Jesus’s heart for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is one of the most beautiful and freeing words in the human vocabulary.

How much pain and unhappy consequences could be avoided if we all learned the meaning of this word! King David shared some of the emotion he personally experienced after he asked God to “wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2).

Is Unforgiveness Secretly Ruling You?

When you refuse to forgive, your unforgiveness keeps you emotionally stuck to both the offense and the offender. A continual refusal to forgive digs a deeper hole in which you can easily hide your hardened heart. Blaming others is a favorite tactic to justify unforgiveness. You can become too comfortable in the unnatural habitat of self-righteousness and self pity. Your past hurts, though buried, are still very much alive. And because they are not released in God’s way, oddly enough you become like your offender, but you’re blind to this. Not forgiving your offender is an offense to God, thereby making you an offender to God as well! The Bible says to confess and renounce this sin. We see this in Proverbs 28:13, “He who conceals his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” So make the decision now, do it God’s way. He says forgive. You can do it because He will empower you to do it.
 

If you’ve been wounded by someone, how do you “get over it”? People want to forgive and forget… and often the pain is just too deep. Although hurts may have happened days, months, or even years ago, forgiveness seems out of reach. What if the offender never asks to be forgiven? Is there a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? In these Keys for Living, discover the four stages of forgiveness, which are all designed to help restore emotional wholeness and emulate Jesus’s heart for forgiveness.

Women of Faith's Keys for Living Library provides biblical hope and practical help on a variety of topics to help you overcome difficulties, grow in maturity, and move forward in life. The Keys for Living were created to help you … and help you help others. The Keys are great for personal study and growth, small group studies, and for teaching and training purposes. Go deeper in your understanding and practical application of Biblical truth.

God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation.

He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!

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Do you struggle to forgive others? 

Who are you mad at right now?

Do you find it hard to forgive those who have hurt or disappointed you?

Are you sometimes overwhelmed with frustration or bitterness?

Have you turned to the Bible for text on forgiveness?

Or do you need forgiveness?

Maybe you have been disrespectful or unkind and you’re wondering how to ask for forgiveness.

If you struggle to answer any of the above questions, know you’re not alone. Forgiveness can often feel like one of the hardest things you’ll ever do … and sometimes it seems impossible to consider.

The good news is that forgiveness is not far away. Wherever the fault lies, we all have the opportunity to forgive … and be forgiven. 

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Grace Filled Words:

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” 

Ephesians 4:32

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Colossians 3:13

Additional Scriptures:

Hebrews 10:36

Ephesians 4:32

Matthew 18:23–35

 

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