I have been struggling with this recently, and I’ve realized that there’s a further step required. You can forgive someone, no longer be angry, not be intending to get even, all that ... but you might have drawn a conclusion from what occurred that will continue to poison the relationship. “I forgive him ... but I’ve learned that I can’t rely on him. I have to do everything for myself.”
This is difficult to overcome, because it seems perfectly reasonable, and yet, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” If I believe that the Spirit can work in me to conform me more closely to Christ, I have to believe that He is also working and changing others.
“No, you cannot pray with enemies in your heart.”
I don’t want this to sound wrong, but keep in mind I attended 13 years of Catholic school and taught CCD for years. I now belong to an Evangelical Free church which main goal is to teach scripture so people would hear the truth of the gospel and accept that truth and be saved.
I would have never guessed that a Catholic pope would be the one to start a revival. In all my years as a Catholic the Catholic Church was presented around the gospel. The Pope Francis is speaking in God’s language, not Catholic language. I pray this trickles down to the Bishops, Archbishops, Priest..... All that I have read and seen tells me this man is truly a man of God who has God’s word in hearts and lives it out. God bless him!
Anyone can say the “Our Father...” A good ol’ Hebrew prayer.