Personal Practices of Biblical Forgiveness

by adustyframe ~ December 26th, 2007

It’s not easy!

Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely word,until they have something to forgive.
C. S. Lewis

We talk a good forgiveness line as long as somebody else needs to do it, but few of us have the heart for it while we aredangling from one end of a bond broken by somebody else’s cruelty.

Lewis Smedes

We are personally responsible before God for forgiveness.  We must realize that forgiveness is a work that God does in us. It takes practice and obedience.

The good news is–yes this is hard–but it is also worthwhile to do what God asks us to do.

An authentic apology includes:

I was wrong–guilt.

I am sorry–remorse.

Please forgive me–restoration.

Ask, “Is there anything else I can do to make this right?”

If an apology is sincere it will be reflected in future behavior.

How does the choice of personal forgiveness effect one’s thinking and attitudes?

*We make a choice to do what’s right.

*The wrong done and the hurt inflicted still exist.

When we forgive, we do NOT tolerate wrong. We do NOT minimize hurt, but we take personal responsibility for our relationship with God.

What do I do when forgiveness is not offered? Is not granted? Is not requested?

*Release it to God recognizing that he cares about our relationship with them.

Does personal forgiveness have any practical value?

*Our relationship with God

*Relief of some physical problems

When choosing to offer forgiveness, stop and think,

“I am responding for the testimony of Christ in my life. His glory and grace shine so brightly in contrast to the bad in my life.”

Application:

1. Through daily prayer and Bible study, affirm your love and commitment to the Lord.

2. Obey God’s will as you know it to be.

3. Seek out spiritual and mature individuals who can serve as mentors to you.

4. Prayerfully develop a plan to resolve any unresolved forgiveness issues.

Remember

We must be motivated by who we are before God and his will.

We should not be motivated for any good that may come to us our our offender.

The effect of our forgiveness may or may not be appreciated or appropriated by the offender.

Our choice of forgiveness does have an effect on the lives of others.

Lizzie

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