Jesus taught the disciples:
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins,” Matthew 6:14-15.
This scripture has always weighed heavy on my mind and heart, because, while it may be easy to decide to forgive someone who has wronged you once, it’s so much harder to forgive someone for repeated sin against you that has had drastic repercussions for your life.
Therefore, I’m running an eight weeks “Forgiveness Course” that started this week. The course is based on the work of Dr Phil Halstead of Carey Baptist Theological College. Phil has worked for years in Counselling and Pastoral Care.
Many of us with deep wounds choose to forgive a person one week, and then the next, take it all back. Some of us have been going around this mountain for years, unable to overcome it. Sometimes entering the process of forgiveness is so painful that we deny or disregard it.
The course is not designed to bring up painful memories. Nor will you have to share in front of others. The course is designed to help us understand what forgiveness is, and what it isn’t, and to set us free from shame, guilt, and overwhelming feelings that prevent us from being everything God created us to be.
It’s not too late to come along. We meet on Wednesdays; 2- 3.30pm, in Connect’s café area. Please bring paper and a pen and your bibles. Free light refreshments will be available.