Forgiveness (what’s in it for you)

There is nothing better you can do for yourself than forgive someone else…

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I have thinking about forgiveness tonight. Not micro-forgiveness but forgiveness of the macro variety.

There is a popular misconception that forgiveness is an altruistic notion; a lofty plane only the saintly can hope to obtain. I disagree. Forgiveness is really more pragmatic than you may imagine. There is a lot in it for us when we choose to forgive!

Here are my thoughts: 1) We don’t forgive to let those who have mistreated us off the hook; we forgive to let ourselves off the hook of bitterness and hate. 2) When we forgive we break the power those who have hurt us have over us. They no longer control our thoughts and emotions. 3) Forgiveness of others places us in position to be forgiven by God. 4) Forgiving someone does not exonerate them from God’s judgement and 5) Forgiveness returns the power that was stolen from us by putting…

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Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

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