What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness for those who have wronged you in the past is essential to your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being and allows you to move forward in life.

I forgive you; it is easy to say, but immensely harder to do. – To stop blaming and grant forgiveness. – To let go of anger, bitterness, and grudges.

Many times, problems originating in the past “unknowingly” force their way into current situations. And unresolved issues reinforce dormant wounds and the need to blame others and not grant forgiveness.

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

As flawed humans, we tend to avoid forgiveness and reconciliation like the plague. We are reluctant to forgive offenders of wrongdoing. And fearful to admit a bad mistake, poor decisions, and judgment.

Mainly when your choices cause others pain and anguish.

Their judgment can be harsh and opinions downright demoralizing. Their reaction can lower your spirits and leave you in a more downtrodden and oppressed state.

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Planting Seeds of Faith

Planting Seeds of Faith – My father always had a way with words. And one day, in moments of anger, his words became seeds of faith.

One night in a rage, my husband destroyed our wedding presents. The only wedding present he didn’t destroy an elegant family Bible.

Several months later, I walked up the steps to my father’s apartment with the Bible in hand. My husband sent me to ask him to purchase the Bible so he could get money to buy drugs.

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Living in Fear is a Trap

When I look back over my life of 52 years, one thing stands out the most. I’ve spent a good share of my life “living in fear.”

I lived in fear of an abusive husband finding me. In fear of judgment having run away, leaving my two children behind. And fear of what other’s thought about me. In other words “fear” consumed my thoughts and held me captive in darkness.

The grace of God has given me the ability to accept Jesus Christ as my savior. And over the course of years, the Word of God transformed my dysfunctional mind and given me a new life in Christ.

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