Forgiveness is hard. It’s hard because it feels like WE are the ones losing when we give it, but that is a lie. Satan loves it when you feel that way, because you just hold it tighter in your clenched fist. You own it. You wear it. You live it each and every day.
Guess what? You don’t have to ANYMORE.
Forgiveness the very foundation on which we stand, saved by grace. Jesus wants us to lay our burdens and hurts down at His feet, to let HIM have them, to release us from our heavy load. He is a gentleman. He will never take them from you, He simply waits for you to hand them to Him.
The burden of unforgiveness is a hard one to bear, for it is like swallowing poison every day, and expecting the other person to get sick. Eventually, it is you who will die inside.
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Me choosing NOT to forgive, is like saying what Jesus did on that cross was not enough. I need Christ to simply flow HIS forgiveness THROUGH me. My job is merely to be open to this, I don’t have to be healed or “in a good place emotionally” for this to occur.
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YOU are the reason He died a horrific, slow, painful death.
Isaiah 44:22 “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
He would’ve died if you were the only person in the whole wide world. Because He loves you. He wants to be in eternity with you. He wipes out our transgressions for HIS own sake. That is incredible!
Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
I am going to share 12 Steps of Forgiveness with you. I encourage you on your journey to complete and total forgiveness of the person who hurt you, to work through this list. Print it off and put it next to your bed.
Take it, one step at a time. Check them off as you complete them. Date them if you’d like. It may take weeks or even months to get to Step 12, but do it! Be thorough. Make sure one step is DONE, before moving on to the next. Bathe this list in prayer and ask God to help you forgive.
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for FREEDOM, that Christ has set you free. Stand firm then, and do not be burdened again by the yoke of slavery….”
How about the yoke of unforgiveness?
You don’t have to wear it anymore!
The 12 Steps of Forgiveness
Galatians 5:1 says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
1) I own the pain and hurt. I own “My Truth”.
John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2) I get in touch with my feelings and thoughts about it.
3) I express my feelings and thoughts to God.
Matthew 9:4 “Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”
4) I decide to forgive, and say it out loud.
5) I surrender the right to get even.
Proverbs 20:22 “Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.”
6) I decide to put up with an uneven score.
I Corinthians 13:5b “Love…..keeps no record of wrong.”
7) I let go of my feelings. I Surrender.
Psalm 50:15 “…call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
8) I cease defining the person who hurt me in terms of the hurt they caused, and become open to the possibility of the person changing positively. I begin to pray for and bless that person.
Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you.”
9) I cease defining myself as a powerless victim.
10) I begin to look for the good that God can bring out of it–with my cooperation!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
11) I let go of the misuses of the wrongs, such as an excuse for revenge, irresponsibility, blaming, and assume responsibility for my attitude, thoughts and behaviors.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
12) I become freed from the power of the hurt, such as the bondage of anger bitterness, mistrust and self-pity.
Romans 5:3 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance…..”
No matter what, keep your chin up, and remember….GOD IS BIGGER!