Benefit of the doubt

By Dave Henning / March 30, 2015

Today Sara Horn concludes her study of the Seven Habits of Highly Forgiving People in Chapter 2 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?.

4.  A highly forgiving person lives by the Golden Rule.  By reminding ourselves that we fail God daily and need His forgiveness, we become cognizant of our need to offer that same grace to others.

5.  A highly forgiving person meets with God regularly through prayer and Bible study.  We can make time for prayer and Bible study when we first make time with God a priority.  Sara emphasizes that highly forgiving people apply Romans 12:2 on a daily basis: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

6.  A highly forgiving person offers the benefit of the doubt to others when their actions are harmful or disappointing.  Sara points out that the temptation is to always assume the worst.  As we offer the benefit of the doubt to others, we remind ourselves that every one of us is human and mistakes can happen.

7.  A highly forgiving person consistently prays for other people.  When we pray for other people, especially those who rub us the wrong way, we are (1) bringing someone else before our heavenly Father and (2) softening our hearts towards people and situations.

Today’s question: Which of the Seven Habits of Highly Forgiven People have you already incorporated into your Christian walk?  Which habits still need work?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The battle is not yours”


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