Forgiveness is easy for some and seemingly impossible for others…and yet forgiveness is Gods master plan for man.
The people that come to see us at Fort Worth Christian Counseling are seeking something that’s missing in their lives.
They are stressed, depressed and sad because a relationship isn’t working out as they expected.
They want to know how to deal with the pain that another person has caused in their life.
Perhaps they feel as if they did nothing wrong…that they are innocent which is why they feel hurt.
These feelings have been around since the beginning of time.
True forgiveness takes another path…
You may have tired everything that you can to make peace with someone but they “wont budge”
So what does one do in a situation like this? The Apostle Paul says that if possible “so far as it depends on us” to be at peace with all men.
Lets look at the entire paragraph in the book of Romans chapter 12:
v 14:”Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them]..”
There’s a good reason for this…Paul said “so far as it depends on us”…he’s getting a point across to us subtly.
Even though you know the difficulty with another person may not be your doing…are you totally innocent?
We need to understand here that “THE BATTLEFIELD IS IN THE MIND”.
What are you thinking about that unforgiving person? Have you thought negative things about them?
If you have then you’ve created chains that bind you simply by what you are thinking about them.
“Blessing those who persecute you” involves seeking their forgiveness for the negative thoughts that you were thinking about them.
They may never accept your apology BUT what you are doing is setting yourself free! You are breaking the chains of unforgiveness by seeking the forgiveness of another.
I think Paul was very slick here! He knew that what he thinks about another person can steal his blessings, his joy or even his very life.
Check out part 2 of this series on “forgiveness sets you free”
If you want to learn how to do this in your life…contact us