Forgiveness and mercy is one of the primary ways we can imitate God.
Why do we struggle so much with unforgiveness? It is hard and goes against our fallen nature. Our default setting is anger, resentment, and judgement.
How do we forgive?
Forgiveness is an act of the will. It is not a feeling or emotion. It is a decision we choose to make.
Emotions and feelings can linger after forgiveness. However, these emotions and feelings don’t mean you can’t forgive.
Short exercise on forgiveness:
Holy Spirit illuminated our hearts.
In the name of Jesus, I choose to forgive ________ for ________ and I release whatever I hold against them. Father, I ask that you bless them and bring continued healing to me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.