A few misconceptions about forgiveness: - We are required to offer it immediately. - It is a one-time thing. - It’s easy.
Jacob and Esau Genesis 25:19 - 33:11
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with hisbrother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says tohis brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the ﬁre of hell.” Matthew 5:21,22
“Therefore, if you areoffering your gift at the altar and there remember thatyour brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciledto your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23,24
8Ingre!ent Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
8Ingre!ent Forgiveness “To forgive... is to release someone from the obligation of who you want them to be and accept who they are.”
8Ingre!ent Forgiveness “To forgive... is to release someone from the obligation of who you want them to be and accept who Forgive for Good they are.” by Dr. Fred Luskin
From Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin Forgiveness # not... - is not condoning unkindness. - is not forgetting that something painful happened. - is not excusing poor behavior. - does not have to be a dramatic spiritual epiphany. - is not denying or minimizing your hurt. - does not mean reconciling with the offender. - does not mean you have to give up feelings.
From Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin Forgiveness #... - is for you, not the offender. - is taking back your power, not giving it up. - is about your healing, not about those who hurt you. - is a trainable skill... like learning to throw a baseball. - helps you get control over your feelings. - is becoming a resilient hero instead of a permanent victim. - is a choice.
Sedaqah Recipe for Right Relationships1. We admitted that we are powerless 5. Admitted to Jesus, ourselves, and to over sin, that our lives had become another human being the exact nature unmanageable. of our wrongs.2. Came to believe that Jesus Christ, 6. Were entirely ready to have Jesus who is greater than ourselves, could remove all these defects of character. restore us to sanity and harmony. 7. Humbly asked Jesus to remove our3. Made a decision to turn our wills and shortcomings. our lives over to the care of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 8. Made a list of all the persons we had harmed, and became willing to make4. Made a searching and fearless moral amends to them all. inventory of ourselves.