Friday, October 11, 2013

Bathing in the Healing Power of Forgiveness

 As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.
~ Colossians 3:12-14, GW ~

As you are checking in today, I am away at my annual women's retreat in the great Northwoods.  I cherish this time, 4 days every year, to pull away from the usual duties in my life and refresh.  I get intense time with God and much-needed time to enjoy myself with other precious women.

This year, the theme is "Relentless Forgiveness:  Forgiven to Forgive".  I don't know one of us who doesn't need constant work in that area.  In fact, the Lord has already been working on my heart ahead of this weekend, cleaning house.

Since I can't take each of you with me, I thought you might make this journey of forgiveness with me by availing yourself of this resource developed for Key Ministry's Inclusion Fusion special needs ministry web summit back in 2011.  As you have time over this weekend, pour yourself a favorite beverage, put the world on hold and spend some time listening to what God wants us to learn about forgiveness.

BATHING IN THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS©

Notes and Recommended Resources


THREE AREAS WE STRUGGLE WITH FORGIVENESS
1.      Forgiving God  (Questioning, Feeling Violated)
2.      Forgiving Others  (Expectations, Hurtful Words, Hurtful Deeds)
3.      Forgiving Ourselves  (Ruminating, Wanting to go back & do over, Depression)

B.A.T.H.E.
·         B stands for Believe (in who God is; in God’s holiness & mercy on us)
·         A stands for Attitude (our response to God’s forgiveness)
·         T stands for Trust (growing in reliance on God & know His ability to care for us)
·         H stands for Hand Over (continually releasing our hurts & anger)
·         E stands for Endure (persisting in handing over troubles to God & seeking to forgive)

Recommended Reading

Recommended Viewing

"John Piper Interviews John Knight"

Recommended Listening 

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