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Resolution and Forgiveness
That Christian Website ^ | 03/13/2011 | Erik Smith

Posted on 03/13/2011 6:22:47 PM PDT by hawkins

We all have been there. It’s a great day, everything is going fine, and then someone does something to hurt or offend us. Maybe, it’s a co-worker, our boss, a fellow student, a teacher, a clerk in the store, or even a member of our own family who says or does something that injures us physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. Our first instinct, usually, is to feel a bit surprised and angry. We are now at an important crossroads, a significant point of decision. We must now choose what our next response will be.

At this “fork in the road,” we can choose the path that many take in this situation that leads to further anger. We may decide to remain angry and nurture this anger until it becomes expressed as malicious thoughts and hatred toward the person or persons who initially injured us. We may even use our time to formulate ways to “settle the score” with that person – to extract our “pound of flesh” as repayment for what they did to us. Holding closely to that “grudge” that gives meaning to our anger, we may now strike back by saying things intended to hurt their feelings and/or damage their reputation or even try to attack them physically. That same person may then be encouraged to respond in kind and so begins and is perpetuated the “cycle of hatred.” Is this resolution? Does this solve the problem? Hardly!

Anger is a God-given emotion. Even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at times, became angry (Matthew 21:12 – 13; Mark 3:5) yet He knew how to control it. We, too, are expected by our Creator to control our anger and not allow...

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TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: anger; forgiveness; pride; resolution
I think Erik did a good job at looking at this.
1 posted on 03/13/2011 6:22:51 PM PDT by hawkins
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To: hawkins

Forgive yourself first for holding onto it, then forgive the other person.

Try writing it down 35 times in the morning and 35 times at night for a week.


2 posted on 03/13/2011 6:32:37 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: hawkins

So timely. I recently discovered former coworker is on a smear campaign against me. Thanks Brother for the Lord’s blessing.


3 posted on 03/13/2011 6:32:48 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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