I am discovering that giving true forgiveness based on biblical teaching has benefits galore. Ephesians 4:32 has been and will remain the lynchpin of my teaching on the subject, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs' sake hath forgiven you."
Giving forgiveness to others in the same manner as God hath forgiven us may be the toughest task in all of Christian teaching. It also carries enormous benefits as pointed out by Dr. Frederick Luskin:
"My research also shows that as people learn to forgive they become more hopeful, optimistic and compassionate."
The threefold change is obvious when you stop to think about it. We know that refusing to forgive as Christ commanded leads to bitterness which is a root sin and often ends in utter chaos.
Hope relates to the future as does optimism while compassion deals primarily with the present. When all of our spiritual, emotional and physical energy is wasted thinking and feeling about something hurtful in the past there is no time left to trust God concerning the future, thus we are living life without hope and we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we ignore or cease to care about genuine today problems that we could help to bring some change.
You will be more effective as a Christian when you decide to let God be God because He takes care of yesterday.
Read the Outrageous Forgiveness Page on this site for more.
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