An Encouraging Word

5 Moves to Make on Your Forgiveness Journey

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Forgiveness may be one of the most difficult calls to action we face as Christians. Perhaps, that is because it is so important.

We live in a society that is brutal. From crude social media comments to physical violence, just for the “satisfaction” of vengeance. You offended me, I’m going to offer you a dose of your own medicine.

As children of God, we are called to a higher standard. God tells us that we should “turn the other cheek.” We are not to lash out, we are to have heart. God asks us to forgive. He’s asking us this to follow in His lead.

God “turned the other cheek,” making the ultimate sacrifice on the cross many years ago so that we could be forgiven of all our sins and live out eternity in his light and love.

It seems fit, He requires the same action from us when we are offended. High standards, however are called high because they can be difficult to reach. Forgiveness is difficult, especially when the offense is personal and cuts deep into our hearts, scarring our souls.

Still forgiving is what God asks of us, what He did for us.

Here are five moves to make on your journey to forgiveness:

  • Acknowledge the pain.

  • Be honest about how you feel.

  • Remember God forgave you.

  • Let go of the pain.

  • Pray for the one who hurt you.

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Guest Sunday, 19 January 2020