5 Ways to Truly Embrace Forgiveness

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Biblical forgiveness is hard, yet those of us who have been forgiven must learn to forgive others. Here are 5 helpful suggestions.

Biblical forgiveness is hard. I’ve wrestled through this issue personally and with dozens of others over the years. The deeper the wound, the harder it is to forgive. Those of us who have been forgiven, however, must learn to forgive. My guess is that includes you!

Here are 5 ways to truly embrace forgiveness:

  1. Give it first. Before it’s “deserved”, extend forgiveness. It seldom will be.
  2. Expect nothing in return. Forgiveness is based on a choice you make, not the reaction you receive.
  3. Make it genuine. Forgiveness should never be lip service. You have to get gut-level in your release; even of the right to get even.
  4. Make it permanent. It’s not forgiveness if you continually take back the grudge. Forgiveness means you let it go. Period.
  5. Do it now. The longer you wait, the  harder forgiveness will be and the more damage it will do to your heart.

I’m not saying any of these is easy. I’m not saying it removes consequences, which need to be in place. I’m not saying you won’t be tempted to remove your forgiveness the next time the person comes to mind. I am saying that if you want to offer Biblical forgiveness, you must embrace it…not partially, but fully.

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