The Power of Forgiveness–It’s Better for You than Them
Whatever hand abuse has tainted our life with, (we don’t get to choose how it is delivered) as adults, we get to choose how it affects our lives.
There is no other way to be free from the memories, or healed of the scars and the lifetime effects of being the victim of abuse other than through forgiveness.
Forgiveness does not excuse, minimize, or release the abuser from accountability but it does set you free to live outside the framework of another’s cruelty towards you.
Forgiveness goes beyond our natural feelings of justice and putting right the wrongs done against us. To make a choice to forgive sets us free from the cords that bind us to the abuse and the abuser. It empowers us to make healthy choices and frees us from shame.
Forgiveness is not an emotion it is a choice to free ourselves from the person who has harmed us and the shame that does not belong to us.
It’s in our best interest to forgive. We may never forget what happened but through forgiveness the sting of what happened loses it’s power to keep us a prisoner to the abuse and the abuser.
Editor’s Note: We did a show on Choosing to Forgive, hosted by Lisa Kratz Thomas, with guests Kevin Mihlfeld and Tracy Strawberry. Kevin leads one of the fastest growing churches on the east coast of America. Tracy (wife of baseball legend Darryl Strawberry) experienced years of dysfunctional relationships, addictions and defeated living until she discovered the transforming power of God.