Testimonies of FORGIVENESS
I think we all would agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it. But in order to be completely free from our resentments, anger, fears, shame, and guilt, we must give and accept forgiveness in all areas of our lives. If we do not, our recovery will be stalled and thus incomplete until we take that step. The Bible has a lot to say about forgiveness. Romans 12:17-18 says, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Remember that forgiving others in no way excuses them for the harm they have caused us or others, but it will release us from the power they and their offenses have had over us. When we forgive ourselves and others, we don’t change the past, but we sure do change the future!
“Which is the most important command…? Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.'” Matthew 22:36-40
Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
“Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7 “Happy are the peacemakers.” Matthew 5:9
Step 8: We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
Step 9: We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
NEW! Men’s Step Study
WHEN: Wednesday evenings @ 6:00 – 7:45 PM, beginning September 24th
WHERE: Ballast Point Campus – Room A201
LED BY: Derrick
NEW! Women’s Step Study
WHEN: Tuesday mornings @ 8:45 AM – 10:15 AM, began September 2nd
WHERE: Davis Islands Campus – Room 212
LED BY: Emma & Janice
NEW! Women’s Step Study
WHEN: Wednesday evenings @ 6:00 – 7:45 PM, began September 3rd
WHERE: Ballast Point Campus – Room A202
LED BY: Ashley & Laura
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