We have all heard someone teach on the topic of forgiveness, and we know all about it, yada yada yada. And yet, we still do not consistently practice it. Let me see if I can place it in a different light.
When you forgive someone, you may still hold them responsible for the offense, however, you stop holding the offense against them, i.e. you stop beating them up for it either directly or indirectly. Now, you may file the offense away in your mental rolodex (as you probably should so that you will remember what/who you’re dealing with), but you learn from the experience and release yourself from any anger or vengeance associated with the offense. This is forgiveness. [Read more…]