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Why should I have to be the one who forgives when I'm the one who has already suffered the most? We know God commands us to forgive. But how, when the hurt plays over and over in our mind? And why, when we have already suffered so much? And, are there exceptions, such as when the other person keeps inflicting pain? Lysa TerKeurst has walked this journey, discovering after more than 1,000 hours of theological study the practical ways to let go of our bound-up resentment and finally heal. Lysa says about these sessions, “If you were to ask me, of all the Bible lessons I’ve taught, which are my favorites? These would be it.”
Forgiving What You Can't Forget: S1- What Am I Supposed to Do With the Hurt?
Forgiveness is not made possible by our *determination,* but by our *cooperation* with what God has already done for us. When we refuse to let God’s forgiveness flow through us to other people, it becomes a heavy weight that can cause anxiety, fear, depression. Forgiveness isn’t dependent on anot...
Forgiving What You Can't Forget: S2 - Your Mind, Your Mouth, Your Master
The best time to forgive is before we're ever offended. What our minds are focused on and what our mouths speak reveal who we are mastered by. Forgiveness is both a decision and a process. Forgiveness should be one of the *first* steps in our healing process, not the *last*.
Forgiving What You Can't Forget: S3 - The Divine Echo
We can't change what we have experienced, but we can choose how the experiences change us. Just because we think something is true doesn't make it true. Our skewed perceptions can lead to our inability to completely heal from past hurts. We need God's help to change the way we think about ourselv...
Forgiving What You Can't Forget: S4 - There's Always a Meanwhile
With God, there's always a meanwhile. In other words, there's a physical reality we see in front of us, but meanwhile, there's also a spiritual reality of what our good God is always doing. Even if we don't know how everything's going to turn out, we can know that the goodness of God will sustain...
Forgiving What You Can't Forget: S5 - The Compounding Effect of Unforgiveness
It's hard to be fruitful while we're holding onto what's hurtful. Unforgiveness will have a compounding effect in our life and in the lives of those we interact with...far beyond what we even know. Releasing our right to be offended is an act of trust in God.
Forgiving What You Can't Forget: S6 - This Isn't Easy, But it is Good
We forgive people from the overflow of what we really believe to be true about Christ. Do we see people as Christ sees them? Do we see ourselves as fellow-humans in need of Christ too? Do we believe Christ can redeem the situation, even if we are wronged? We can't control what people do to us. Bu...