Our emotional responses, like criticism, cynicism and unforgiveness, often backfire on us.
If you’ve given up on trusting people because too many relationships have ended badly, it’s time to wipe the slate clean, and let people in.
WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?
Forgiveness is a choice.
Forgiveness doesn’t take time or special circumstances. It is immediate, instantaneous. So…
- Forgiveness is not forgetting.
- Forgiveness is not reconciliation.
- Forgiveness does not take away the pain, it is not healing, but can begin the healing process.
- Forgiveness is not deserved or earned.
We forgive those who don’t deserve it because we don’t deserve it.
Forgiveness is dropping the rock. It is no longer demanding someone be punished for hurting you.
In John 8:3-11 Jesus’ immediate response was forgiveness!
Forgiveness depends solely on the forgiver.
It is an error to say “I don’t have to forgive someone until they apologize.” Jesus’ example in Luke 23:34