Sometimes we have to step out in faith in order to mend a damaged relationship. Ney shares how God changed her heart toward her father and nudged her to take the first steps toward him.
The word forgiveness draws various reactions. If we’re talking about God’s forgiveness of us, it can be a soothing topic resulting in gratitude and peace. If we need to seek forgiveness from someone we’ve wronged, we might wrangle a bit with our pride before we finally approach that person in humility—but our resulting cleared conscience makes it well worth the effort.
Usually, however, the most uncomfortable kind of forgiveness is what we must extend to someone who has wronged us or hurt us deeply. The Bible says a lot about this kind of forgiveness—perhaps because our emotions arm wrestle with it and other lingering memories skirmish with it. It’s really hard to do.
Find out what God’s Word says about forgiveness, how essential it is to understand, and how to actually do it...if we want to grow in our walk with God.
What does forgiveness mean, and what does it not mean? Chuck Swindoll cautions us to release any bitterness that haunts us today by totally forgiving our offenders.
Struggling to forgive someone? Chuck Swindoll likens the bitterness of unforgiveness to a ship trying to sail while dragging an anchor. What is our basis for forgiving others?