The Power of Forgiveness
One of life’s biggest and seemingly insurmountable barriers to freedom and joy is forgiving yourself.
Martin Luther King, Jr. made this statement about forgiveness:
“One who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”
Several biblical verses deal with forgiveness. I feel that Mark 11:25, Matthew 6:14-15 and Colossians 3:13 emphasize the importance of forgiving everyone and that includes ourselves.
Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Matthew 6:14-15 14 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Colossians 3:13 “ Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Several years ago I was in communication with a psychologist who had many clients with severe health problems. His observation and that of numerous other professionals was that many severe diseases of body, mind and spirit can originate from a strong emotional event.
Cancer was a main health crisis from unrepentant forgiveness.
Nearly everyone needing forgiveness was carrying guilt, fear, failure or other emotional scar from that event. Until a person forgives themselves they are incapable of healing and living a joyful and free life.
Re-read the letter daily until you accept your forgiveness.
For Your Faithful and Fruitful Discipleship,
Dr. Darrel Hestdalen