Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream. The serious Christian, set down for the first time into a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and then try to make it happen.
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.
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.