|"I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconciled with those I have wronged."Priscilla Shirer|
by Priscilla Shirer
"a resolution to release others from the prison
of my hurt and anger"
"No More Circles"
| Week 7: My Forgiveness|
Reading: pages 127-137
Memory Verse: Colossians 2:13-14
from Priscilla's blog: Going Beyond Ministry
... Colossians 2:13-14 ...
|"If you don't feel like forgiveness is something you have an issue with, list some practical ways you can continue to see to it "that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble"(Hebrews 12:15)|
"Prayerfully consider: Who, if anyone, are the people you harbor unforgiveness toward? How have you seen this affect your life?
''Are you more prone to care for others than to examine and tend to your own spiritual needs? If so, how does this manifest itself in your life?"
"Grab your Bible and choose one passage to read and study
--- on forgiveness:
Mark 11:25-26 - making reconciled relationships a regular part of our praying
Matthew 6:14-15 - how our forgiveness of others relates to God's forgiveness of us
Hebrews 12:14 - the blessing that flows from pursuing peace with everyone
--- on bitterness:
Ephesians 4:31 - the only good thing to do with it is to get rid of it
Hebrews 12:15 - what bitterness can do if it's not pulled up by the roots
Proverbs 14:10 - all we can ever expect from hanging on to it "
|"Describe in your own words the differences and connections between forgiving yourself and receiving God's forgiveness.|
Choose one past action that you've held against yourself, and then prayerfully consider the Lord's payment for this sin. Choose to receive it for yourself."
|"Circle the step that's most difficult for you in forgiving someone else, and then consider why that's the case:|
--- refusing to store up and harbor a grudge
--- leaving room for God to action your behalf
--- praying, asking the Lord to give you a desire to forgive
Think of the names you wrote in the first section-people you are holding grudges against. Ask the Lord to empower you to forgive them. Then replace the underlined phrase with each person's name, "Forgiving one another just as God also forgave you in Christ" (Eph. 4:32)
To be fair and complete, is there anyone you need to request forgiveness from? As the Scriptures says, "If you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift" (Matthew 5:23-24) ... even your gift of forgiveness.
As you move forward to sign this resolution, remember that this should only be the beginning-the initiation of a journey that may take time and counsel to complete. Be willing to seek the necessary help to fully experience the benefits that forgiveness is designed to give."