FORGIVENESS-Part Six

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THE PROCESS OF FORGIVENESS

Preparation For Moving Toward Forgiveness
In order for the power of Christís forgiveness to work in us, we must make ourselves available in the following ways:

Six steps to achieving forgiveness

  1. Honestly desire to become free of the burden of unforgiveness and prepare to forgive.
  2. Sit down with a fair-minded counselor or friend and talk over the situation that requires forgiveness.
  3. Pray specifically about the person or situation that is the focus of a forgiveness issue.
  4. Do something to bless the one who is being forgiven. (See below)
  5. Be prepared to suffer hurt to fulfill Godís purpose.
  6. Seek reconciliation.

How are we to bless those who have hurt us?

This is not to say that forgiveness should mean looking the other way as if hurts and injustices had not happened. We cannot deny evil or even try to tolerate it without confrontation. In Lewis Smedes book Forgive and Forget he states: "There is no real forgiveness unless there is first relentless exposure and honest judgment. When we forgive evil, we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it. We look evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it."

In our next nugget we will speak on forgiveness as a lifestyle.

 

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