Excerpt from Chapter 10, Restoring Peace
The Restoring Peace book answers the question of how to forgive.
“Forgiveness is granting free pardon or giving up resentment for a hurt or debt against us. It involves looking back at what happened but not for the purpose of analyzing, blaming, or condemning. Forgiveness looks back for the purpose of leaving the offense behind and moving on to a better future. Doing so does not change the past or the bad things that have happened, but it does change the present and can change the future."
“Forgiveness cuts both ways and is a choice, because it is a decision and an internal change of heart, not an action or behavior. Sometimes you need to ask for forgiveness, and sometimes you need to grant it. However, you and I do not have to forgive anyone who has offended us, and people we have offended do not have to forgive us. No one can force you to change your mind and heart, no one can force you to forgive or ask for forgiveness or accept forgiveness, and no one can prevent you from forgiving. You have to decide what you will do, and others have to decide what they will do.”
"The sections that follow will help you decide when you should ask for forgiveness or forgive another and give you some ideas as to how to go about it. The first section focuses on God’s forgiveness, the second on forgiving yourself, and the third on forgiving one another."
Read more about Restoring Peace, the book used in the Bridges to Life curriculum.
Excerpts from the book include:
A discussion of the importance of repentance.
A discussion of the importance of forgiveness.
Seeing how reconciliation precedes restitution.
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