On September 11, 2001, Flight 11 and Flight 175 slammed into the World Trade Center. New York City was rocked to its foundations as the Twin Towers came crashing down. As tragic as that day was in American history, 9/11 was not the worst terrorist attack against humanity.The most tragic attack came by way of a simple, theological question asked in the quiet of a garden.
Often, when we feel troublesome emotions like anger, irritation, anxiety, worry, fear, jealousy, envy, guilt and shame we simply allow those emotions to dictate our choices and behavior. We kick the cat, text our child for the 20th time that day, avoid that difficult conversation, work harder to prove we are good enough, fight with our spouse or eat things we know we shouldn’t.
Everyone struggles. No exceptions. Don't be fooled. No matter how "put together" someone looks, everyone has a story that has it's share of pain and broken dreams. Struggles with failure, disappointment, rejection, worry and loneliness weave themselves through the fabric of our lives. And worst of all, those struggles can tempt us to doubt God is good.
Last blog we said that forgiveness is participating in something supernatural. It is a choice to be like God by depending on God for the grace to love those who have hurt and offended us. Today we want to outline the actual steps of the forgiveness process.
Step 1. Put words to who and what exactly need to be forgiven and grieve the event.