Hopefully you've been reading Teri & Joleen's tips on Forgiveness this week thus far. This is such an important piece to incorporate into your life. Rick Warren, Pastor & author of The Purpose Driven Life, says that, "Forgiveness needs to be given immediately, but trust will take longer to be rebuilt." Here are more tips for Forgiveness:
- You don't have to wait for someone else to say "I'm sorry" to forgive. Many people think they have to be "asked for forgiveness" to receive it. The reality is you may never hear "I'm sorry" from someone who hurt you. They many never see that they did anything wrong, let alone ask for forgiveness. Waiting for them to make the first move will many times cause you to stay stuck and not get past the pain of the wound.
- Forgiving is recognizing someone's humanness. We are all human which makes us imperfect and capable of hurting other people. Just because someone hurts people doesn't mean it was intentional. Recognizing someone's humanness doesn't make it ok that they hurt you, but it can help you accept that pain is a hard part of relationships and caring about people.
Tomorrow we will discuss the last tips on Forgivness, along with some resources for further reading on this topic.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counselingat Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.