Four steps to forgiveness- Part 1

By Dave Henning / November 20, 2013

Charles Stanley concludes Chapter 7 of Emotions with a discussion of four ways we can overcome unforgiveness through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The truth of the matter, Dr. Stanley emphasizes, is that the Lord not only has given us a mandate to forgive (Ephesians 4: 32), but He has empowered us with the ability to release the wrongs done to us.  The first two principles of forgiveness are presented today.

1.  Ask God to reveal any bitterness in you.  Unforgiveness, the author notes, is serious business.  When we respond or act our of our damaged emotions, we simply react rather than respond rationally or in accordance with Scriptural principles.  That’s why it is essential that we listen to the Lord and acknowledge any bitterness or resentment He reveals to us.

2.  Assume full responsibility and ask God for forgiveness.  The next step is to admit we have sinned by harboring unforgiveness.  Thus this part of the process focuses on what the Lord sees in us that is interfering with or obstructing our relationship with Him, as Dr. Stanley explains:

“This part of the process is not about how you responded to the offender, but what the Lord sees in your heart- what is hindering your relationship with Him.

God is keenly aware of what is going on in our souls in ways we could never imagine.

Today’s question: How does focusing on our relationship with the Lord help rid us of an unforgiving spirit?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Four steps to forgiveness- Part 2”

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