Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

PostHeaderIcon FORGIVENESS

By Vernalee
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“Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.”
Forgiveness in relationships is absolute necessary.
It has been noted that forgiveness and our health are closely associated.
When we forgive, the act helps to remove many associated negative emotions including among others – hatred, animosity, guilt, regret, remorse, blame, shame, and self-contempt.
Essentially and often, forgiveness and forgetting go hand in hand.
Some people forget, but they don’t forgive. They hold tight to the infraction that produced the hurt. You can’t forgive what you won’t let go!
The Bible teaches us that forgiveness is necessary and is a tenet of our faith. God forgave us! Why can’t we forgive others?
It is important to forgive others as we have been forgiven by the blood of Christ.
The Holy Bible provides many, many scriptures regarding the necessity to forgive.
Examine among others:
‎Matthew 6:14-15; ‎1 John 1:9; ‎Mark 11:25; and ‎Acts 3:19 for starters.
Matthew 6: 14, 15 tells us: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive you.”
Let us – forgive, forget, let go, and move on!
We will be better and feel better when we do!
It is difficult when we are hurt by people who are close to us.
However, if we believe in the Lord, it is important that we forgive.
After all, no one is perfect.
Happy Sunday!
God Bless!
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PostHeaderIcon EXTENDING AN OLIVE BRANCH

imageBy Vernalee
To extend an olive branch is to make an “offer of peace or to approach a foe in the spirit of conciliation. Biblical in origin, the phrase is derived from the story of Noah, where a dove delivers Noah an olive branch as a sign that the flood waters were receding. Historically and interestingly, olive branches were symbolic of peace as well as victory.
At some point in our lives, we may consider extending an olive branch to settle a dispute or resolve an issue. Some people believe that it takes an immense amount of courage to take this action, as it often comes with an admission of wrongdoing and regret.
Therefore, the offer of an olive branch would suggest that someone is tired of of fighting, whether it is an actual real life battle or a falling out between friends.
If you’ve ever seen an olive branch, it’s not very strong. It’s actually quite delicate. It’s so light that a dove could fly with it with ease.
It’s interesting that something so fragile carries the weight of one of humanity’s powerful gift: forgiveness.
To forgive someone is an essential element of peace. How can you be at peace with someone against whom you hold a grudge? Forgiveness is also part of the golden rule. We all long to be forgiven when we’ve messed up. We all want a fresh start. It only makes sense to give the thing that we want the most of from other people.”
It’s critical and indeed healthy that we move on. Forgiving and being forgiven are integral parts of that process. Saying, “I’m sorry” goes a long way. Apologies are golden. It’s essential that we make peace offerings. Why continue to be miserable? Bury the hatchet and the grudge. Don’t allow the anger, anxiety, or misstep that caused the problem and the frustration build up in your heart and take a seat in your soul. Shake if off. How else will the sprinkles of rain stop falling in your life? Be the bigger person. Extend the olive branch! You have everything to gain; little or nothing to lose. Be at peace with yourself … and others!
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PostHeaderIcon EXTENDING AN OLIVE BRANCH

imageBy Vernalee
To extend an olive branch is to make an “offer of peace or to approach a foe in the spirit of conciliation. Biblical in origin, the phrase is derived from the story of Noah, where a dove delivers Noah an olive branch as a sign that the flood waters were receding. Historically and interestingly, olive branches were symbolic of peace as well as victory.
At some point in our lives, we may consider extending an olive branch to settle a dispute or resolve an issue. Some people believe that it takes an immense amount of courage to take this action, as it often comes with an admission of wrongdoing and regret.
Therefore, the offer of an olive branch would suggest that someone is tired of of fighting, whether it is an actual real life battle or a falling out between friends.
If you’ve ever seen an olive branch, it’s not very strong. It’s actually quite delicate. It’s so light that a dove could fly with it with ease.
It’s interesting that something so fragile carries the weight of one of humanity’s powerful gift: forgiveness.
To forgive someone is an essential element of peace. How can you be at peace with someone against whom you hold a grudge? Forgiveness is also part of the golden rule. We all long to be forgiven when we’ve messed up. We all want a fresh start. It only makes sense to give the thing that we want the most of from other people.”
It’s critical and indeed healthy that we move on. Forgiving and being forgiven are integral parts of that process. Saying, “I’m sorry” goes a long way. Apologies are golden. It’s essential that we make peace offerings. Why continue to be miserable? Bury the hatchet and the grudge. Don’t allow the anger, anxiety, or misstep that caused the problem and the frustration build up in your heart and take a seat in your soul. Shake if off. How else will the sprinkles of rain stop falling in your life? Be the bigger person. Extend the olive branch! You have everything to gain; little or nothing to lose. Be at peace with yourself … and others!
Photo credit: www.how-to-cope.com; Source: www.grammarist.com; www.wisegeek.org; www.beliefnet.com

PostHeaderIcon Forgiveness

By Vernalee
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Forgiveness is a difficult task. Memories get in the way. Yet, if we truly want to be happy and at peace, we must forgive and forget. Our God is a forgiving God. So, who are we to hold grudges and bad memories? Forgive and forget! It is the Christian way! Happy Sunday!
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