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Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free | Isaiah 61: 1-4
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Forgiveness. The Only Way to Heal

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The Sanctuary Soul Care team meets a wide range of people, old and young, men and women who are facing a wide variety of life circumstances and inner turmoil. What is interesting is that a common denominator for recovery amongst all these very different people is a mutual decision to walk in forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a fundamental prerequisite to emotional health and wellbeing. Yet when everything in us wants to hold a grudge, point a finger and remember the pain it can feel that we are pushed to our limits as to how much we can really forgive.

There may come a moment in our lives when we are hurt so deeply that our whole life is affected; or there may be a lifetime of small hurts and wrongs done to us that together amount to a mountain of wrongs done to us.

If we allow ourselves to think constantly about how unfair it all is, resentment and bitterness grow in our hearts and peace leaves. Bitterness grows and manifests itself in many ways – losing our temper, high blood pressure, irritability, sleeplessness, obsessed with getting even, depression, isolation, a constant negative perspective and generally feeling unwell.

Interestingly, though, when we choose instead to release people and life events through a walk of forgiveness and when we choose to let go of offenses, we ourselves find that we are set free.
When we allow a spirit of total forgiveness to reign in our hearts our own peace returns.

It can be a difficult thing to do to forgive and if you would like help in this area, please contact us at The Sanctuary Soul Care Centre or visit our website www.thesanctuary.org.za.

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4