A Christian Way: Four Steps to Forgiveness
As Christians were are encouraged to forgive. Yet, how to actually do it? The bible says wonderful things about forgiveness and the "why" of it, but it does not so much about the "how". Forgiveness was obviously a core teaching of Jesus and it has become a favorite topic for preachers. But preaching forgiveness is not the same as teaching forgiveness.
We need to be taught how to forgive. Forgiveness is not an instinct. It is not something which most people can do automatically. If it was, the world would be a very different place than it is.
If we do not have a method to help us forgive easily and regularly resentments can build up. We can get disgruntled about life or disillusioned about our fellow human beings. Having a simple straightforward method, such as The Four Steps to Forgiveness, can be a huge help to getting back on the right track again.
The Four Steps to Forgiveness helps us let go of past and to see life and other people in a new light - the light of Forgiveness. We not only begin to see other people differently we begin to see ourselves differently too. The light of Forgiveness illuminates our life and brings many blessings in many unexpected - and even miraculous - ways.
For most things in life it is handy to have a method, or a recipe of some kind, to get you going. The Four Steps to Forgiveness is a method to help you forgive. It is a simple method which you can easily adapt to your own preferences as you get a feel for how it works.
There is a mystery in forgiveness in that it is not just an act of personal will, there is something ineffable which happens too, something beyond our conscious control. Forgiveness happens, to a large extent, by allowing ourselves to become available to the Grace of God. Focusing on planting, cultivating and weeding a garden allows the powers of nature to work it's magic in that garden. Using the The Four Steps to Forgiveness, to focus on becoming more forgiving, allows the Grace of God to works it's magic in your life.
It is usually best to start using The Four Steps to Forgiveness with relatively small issues until you get the idea. Once you have some experience you can use it with bigger issues. You can also easily adapt it to suit your own beliefs about Forgiveness.
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