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We have to forgive in order to heal

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If I were to give the most important factor necessary for emotional and psychological healing it would be forgiveness.
We need to forgive in order to heal. We need to pardon those who offend us or we open the door to our own inner torment. I have seen in my life and the lives of others, that if I do not forgive, I quickly become hard hearted, resentful and even bitter and depressed. I even feel physically more prone to headaches, and aches and pains. Yet when I forgive I too feel released.

So, what is forgiveness? Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. In the Bible, the Greek word translated “forgiveness” literally means “to let go,” as when a person does not demand payment for a debt. Jesus used this comparison when he taught his followers to pray: “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is in debt to us.” (Luke 11:4) Likewise, in his parable of the unmerciful slave, Jesus equated forgiveness with canceling a debt. —Matthew 18:23-35
We forgive others when we let go of resentment and give up any claim to be compensated for the hurt or loss we have suffered.

To forgive does not mean that we condone the offense or pretend that it never happened. Neither does it mean that we must allow others to take advantage of us. When we forgive, we are not condoning the wrong or acting as if it never happened—we are simply letting it go and in the process, we ourselves become free.

If you need help with forgiveness please feel free to call us at The Sanctuary Soul Care Center or visit our website.

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