Forgiveness IS …

A recent blog post underscored what forgiveness is NOT, so now we turn the tables and look at what forgiveness IS.praying_hands_bible

The following is a collection of ideas from several sources we use at GateWay to help our women deal with the difficult topic of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is …

• Choosing to keep no record of wrongs (as based in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

• The process of letting go

• Refusing to punish the person who hurt you

• Using discretion in sharing facts about the hurt

• To give up getting even

• Refusing to replay the past

• “Surrendering your right to hurt those who have hurt you.” – Dr. Archibald Hart

• A choice / your decision

• A gift you give yourself

• Returning to God His right to be the Judge

• Purging negative thoughts and feelings

• The healing which draws out the poison

• “The key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred.” – Corrie ten Boom

In our next blog post, we’ll look at some of the practical ways to work toward forgiveness. We hope you’ll join us here.

©2013 GateWay of Hope Ministries

2 thoughts on “Forgiveness IS …

  • February 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Oh, thank you for giving clarity to what forgiveness IS! These ideas are so helpful, and are condensed enough to commit to memory for tools to overcome negative thoughts and emotions.

    • February 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      We’re so glad this is helpful, Andy. Keep watching our blog for a few more posts on forgiveness.

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