“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”- Luke 6:27-28
Sara Horn follows her study of highly resentful people with the Seven Habits of Highly Forgiving People in Chapter 2 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?. The first three habits are discussed in today’s post.
1. A highly forgiving person is intentional about living in peace. Sara states that “forgiveness . . . requires stepping out of your comfort zone and letting go of your wants and expectations.” The powerful actions Jesus describes in Luke 6:27-28 can produce peaceful results.
2. A highly forgiving person is kind. She cares more about doing the right thing in a given situation that what is in it for her. Sara asserts that it is possible to practice kindness and get in the habit of being kind when you do it often enough. When we practice the characteristics of kindness, we are prepared to offer forgiveness when needed.
3. A highly forgiving person is generous with her time, her money, and her life. A generous spirit and offering forgiveness go hand in hand. When giving becomes our default setting, it is easier to give grace and second chances as well.
Today’s question: What Scriptures have helped you develop a forgiving attitude toward those responsible for your vocation loss? Please share.
Coming Wedesday: the new Short Meditation for Holy Week/Easter- “We all, like sheep”
Tomorrow’s blog: “Benefit of the doubt”