The Key to Forgiveness

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.~ Mother Teresa


If you find yourself tormented by past mistakes or today’s failure, then go to the Man with the eraser in his hand and allow Him to wipe it away.

Forgiveness is something many of us still struggle with in everyday life. The only way you can completely forgive wrongs done to you is through trusting Jesus Christ and remembering that He forgave you. Learning to forgive others can give you the freedom to let go of any negative or hurt emotions that you feel as a result of a certain situation, event or person. It’s not about claiming forgiveness, you have to honestly work through what you are feeling in order to set yourself free and achieve balance within yourself.

When you harbor negative feelings such as anger, hate, rage, fear or self-doubt, it causes your behavior to change as well as your emotional balance.Unforgiveness causes serious health conditions and depression or side effects like fatigue along with a weakened immune system. Unforgiveness is a distraction; it is a stumbling block, and it is the reason God instructs us to obey Him in this area. Over a period of time our hearts become harden and we are not completely able to enjoy life fully, and you certainly cannot experience God’s blessings and goodness.

The first person you probably have not forgiven is yourself. I believe more people have a lack of forgiveness toward themselves, than anybody else. We must acknowledge and agree with God that what we have done is wrong. We must say, “Lord, what I did was wrong. Please forgive me.” It’s over and done with and we need to move on as well. Living the Christian life is serious, and forgiveness is a foundational part of it.

The process of forgiveness is sometimes complicated by recurring offenses. In the cycle of hurt, forgiveness, and renewed trust, forgiveness must be repeated over and over again. It is a discipline we exercise daily. In cases of repeated mistreatment or abuse, even though we may choose to forgive, choosing to trust may be inappropriate or unsafe. It isn’t wise to trust those who are not trustworthy. Trust must be earned. In those situations it is imperative to temporarily disengage from those who are inflicting wounds and to see help from a trained professional or pastor. Yes, we are to forgive but not put ourselves in dangerous situations. As we practice the work of letting go and forgiving, we discover more and more that forgiveness and healing are one.

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Angela M. Thomas is a certified speaker, and author. She has written and published eight inspirational books. Also, she has released her new audio music CD “Let Me Love You”. She is the CEO/Founder of Sheerpurrfection Publishing and Teach 2 Reach Literary Program. To contact or book Angela, please call (305) 793-1347 or visit www.AngelaMThomas.com

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