Did you know that real repentance requires both humility and a desire for restoration?
We all have to deal with forgiveness at some point or other in our lives! Everywhere you look you can see pain, broken relationships, damaged feelings, and damaged people. Maybe you have been feeling this way yourself lately? There is hope and healing even in your deepest, most unfair hurt. Living in resentment, enslaved to bitterness and anger only ends up hurting you.
In the middle of pain, forgiveness can feel like a foreign thought, really an absolute impossibility. But remember the gospel? Christian, God forgave YOU for what you have done to him.
Although the forgiving heart wants reconciliation and peace, we also have to recognize that that’s not always possible. And we don’t automatically move into trusting someone, especially if their hurting us has been a pattern of that sin. Forgiveness and trust are not the same thing.
We can forgive and seek restoration and still be lovingly cautious and careful. How could you not forgive others for what they’ve done to hurt you?
Maybe a better question would be, can you forgive and freely move on to a peaceful, joy-filled life? Listen in to the most recent episode of The Hope We Hold.
In this episode we discuss:
- The two dimensions to forgiveness that we should understand: relational forgiveness and dispositional forgiveness.
- Why you might not be finding it within yourself to forgive!
- Should we always forgive?
- If you have any questions you’d like us to discuss on future episodes. Feel free to send them in to CONTACT@hopewehold.com.
- Luke 17:3-4
- Mark 11:25
- Matthew 18
- Ephesians 4:32
- Act 3
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