Four Steps to Forgiving Others
By Rick Warren
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”(Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV).
Too many of us don’t really understand what forgiveness is. We struggle through all kinds of misconceptions about what it means to forgive others. I mentioned a few of these specific misconceptions in yesterday’s devotional. I’m convinced that if more people knew what real forgiveness looked like, they’d be much more willing to forgive instead of holding on to past hurts at an unhealthy level.
So if God expects us to forgive others, what does healthy, biblical forgiveness look like? Here’s a four-part process that we should walk through as we’re dealing with pain brought upon by others.
So don’t sit another day in your resentment. If you’ve been holding on to pain caused by someone else, go through these four steps and move on to the rest of the life you were created to live!
Talk It Over
Can you think of a time when you responded to evil with good? How did the situation turn out?
Which of the four elements to healthy, biblical forgiveness mentioned above is usually the most difficult for you to master?
Why do you think so many people would rather hold on to their hurt rather than release it? How does bitterness affect someone emotionally and physically?
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