The last two studies on forgiveness focused on Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness, and His living example of forgiveness. In this study, we are going to look at some common misconceptions, deceptions and lies about forgiveness, and counter them with God’s Truth, using a “case study” from the Chardon Ohio school shooting in 2012.
Do you know any older people that are consumed with bitterness and self-pity? Stop and look at how it has damaged their life, their relationships, their joy, their peace and their happiness. Take a hard look at the consequences. It is NOT worth it.
It takes a lot of emotional and mental energy to keep a wound open and feed a grudge. Anger and self-pity are a poison to our heart, spirit and soul that will eventually consume us. Unforgiveness gives bitterness a chance to take hold, and makes us a slave to the person we refuse to forgive. They occupy a room in our mind and consume our thoughts. They steal our energy, our joy and our peace.
Forgiveness is ultimately a SPIRITUAL BATTLE.
I enjoy every study I prepare for the women in jail, and I have learned that God always works ON me and IN me before He works through me. But this particular study has probably impacted me more on my own spiritual walk than any other I have prepared. I pray it will be a blessing to anyone who reads it.
Have you ever felt guilty when you did something wrong? I certainly hope so!!! But have you ever wondered what God’s purpose is for guilt in our lives? Why did God create us to experience feelings of guilt?