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An event and a process…

Published on May 24th, 2014

event and process mainForgiveness is both an event and a process. The event happens immediately…the process occurs over time. The event is simply making the choice to forgive. It’s saying, “I will forgive.”

The process is the next step and takes time, hard work, and a lot of intention. The process is saying…

+ I’m done bringing this up to you

+ I’m done bringing this up to others

+ I’m done bringing this up to me

That’s forgiveness! Easy? Hardly. But when we take these steps we’re giving ourselves and others a chance to be clean and free. Often when we refuse to forgive, we’re keeping ourselves locked up in a nasty prison. We’re keeping ourselves in a prison of hate and bitterness. Ultimately, that’s probably not where we want to live. And it’s definitely not where God wants us to live. Step into the event and the let the process of forgiveness begin.

 

2 Responses

  1. Kathleen

    Sometimes, sharing our hurts, and the fact that we’ve chosen to forgive, helps others to heal. I often share my story of abuse to show other women they can be free from shame and bitterness. So for me, number two in your list is “iffy.” Always appreciate your wisdom though.

    • Eric Koehler

      Thanks Kathleen. I agree with you. Sharing past hurts and how we have forgiven and even grown is helpful for all. Point two is more about once I forgive someone, I’m not going to continually bring up the offense to that person as a way to remind them of their failure. Forgiveness carries the idea that I won’t “beat you over the head” with that offense.

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