Some people offend us. Embittered, we want them to pay. Is it foolish to seek a forgiving spirit? Is it possible to possess a forgiving spirit without suppressing the truth and letting the other person off the hook? On this Collection Page I will consider the insights and practical strategies from victims who suffered at the hands of evil people. We will hear of their healing, empowerment and impact because of their understanding of a forgiving spirit, and what God did in the people who wronged them.
A Forgiving Spirit Safeguards Our Well-Being and Influences Others
Rarely do we consider forgiveness much of an issue in our life until something happens that leaves us feeling wronged and offended. It is in these times when we discover something about ourselves and our default reactions. We feel hurt, angry, and resentful. We feel the other does not deserve forgiveness.
First Things First—You Can’t Fix Your Marriage If You Don’t First Fix Yourself
As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of emails from concerned spouses describing their marital problems. Most times these stories are describing the ways the one writing me feels the other spouse is harming their relationship. Of course, such a viewpoint is only human nature. After all, while it can be difficult for all of us to evaluate our own shortcomings and sins, our spouse’s seem to be highlighted in big, bold letters for us, don’t they?
Will You Make This Pledge Every Time Your Spouse Pinches Your Air Hose?
Leaders from different countries, such as the United States and France, have disagreements at times and do things that feel uncaring and dishonoring to each other.
A Thankful Heart Forgives
Forgiving, as hard as it is, is not an option for the believer. Jesus prayed, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). John made it clear that forgiveness is evidence of God’s work in us. In 1 John 4:19-21, he wrote: “We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.”
Does An Apology Work?
The Bible says, “It’s harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars” (Proverbs 18:19 NLT). According to this Proverb, if you have offended each other, will healing easily come to your marriage if you express words of love or respect? Why?
The Four Step Game Plan to Apologize and Make It Right
When we miscommunicate, most people readily forgive us when we ask them to do so. After all, they themselves have misspoken and have little interest in throwing stones. This is especially so when they see us making an honest mistake. What drives people nuts is when they feel that we spoke or wrote something that was designed to hurt or offend them, and we have no intentions of owning up to it, apologizing, and correcting our error.
Why We Should Confess Our Unloving and Disrespectful Comments
If the roles were reversed, we'd expect another to confess to us. If another was mean to us, blamed us for their unkind reactions, made light of their unkindnesses since they meant no harm, and justified or denied their personal unresolved issues contributing to their hostilities and contempt toward us, we'd be up in arms. We'd be saying, "Wow, can't you at least humbly apologize for your part?"We need to apply the same medicine to ourselves that we recommend to others.
Why Do Some People Hang Onto Bitterness? [Video]
Why do some people hang onto bitterness? They think that to forgive means letting the other person off the hook. To forgive means they must remove all consequences from the other person. That, of course, is mistaken thinking. For example, one can have a forgiving spirit while bringing the full weight of the law to bear against the other person.
After The "Oops" Just Apologize And Make It Right
When we miscommunicate, most people readily forgive when we ask them to forgive us. After all, they themselves have misspoken and have little interest in throwing stones. This is especially so when they see us making an honest mistake. What drives people nuts is when they feel that we spoke or wrote something that was designed to hurt or offend them, and we have no intentions of owning up to it, apologizing, and correcting our error. Join Emerson and Jonathan this as they discuss this topic and some examples of what to do if we hurt someone long ago.
Why Confess Our Unloving and Disrespectful Comments?
Why confess our unloving and disrespectful comments? If the roles were reversed, we'd expect another to confess to us. If another was mean to us, blamed us for their unkind reactions, made light of their unkindness since they meant no harm, and justified or denied their personal unresolved issues contributing to their hostilities and contempt toward us, we'd be up in arms. We'd be saying, "Wow, can't you at least humbly apologize for your part?" Join Emerson and Jonathan this week for this important topic.
Why Do Some People Hang On To Bitterness?
Jonathan and Emerson look at the underlying reasons why people don't let go of bitterness. Join them this week as they discuss what it means to have a forgiving spirit even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Why Do I Struggle to Forgive Myself?
In this week's episode, Emerson and Jonathan discuss the topic of forgiveness. All of us do wrong. Who among us is perfect? When we fail to meet God’s standard, some of us not only feel badly, but we hate ourselves, too. Emerson asks listeners to struggle with the wonders of being forgiven, instead of struggling to forgive oneself.
The Impact of Seeking A Child’s Forgiveness
Following a blog post written by Sarah Eggerichs on the topic of parenting, Emerson and Jonathan discuss forgiveness in the context of the parental relationship and what impact it has on children.
Three Steps To Forgiveness Part 2
In Part 2 of Three Steps To Forgiveness, Emerson and Jonathan conclude the topic of forgiveness, looking to Jesus as the example. Following last week’s topic of sympathizing with the offender, today they discuss the need to relinquish the offense, but to then anticipate that God will do something in your life and marriage.
Three Steps To Forgiveness Part 1
Emerson and Jonathan discuss three things to do when seeking to forgive someone, following the example of Jesus. In Part 1, excuses that we all have considered or used to not have a forgiving spirit are looked at, as well as the concept of sympathizing with another person to understand why something may have occurred.