A study was conducted recently around cultural values and forgiveness. We found it especially interesting since the cornerstone of the Christian walk, and much of what our classes focus on, is forgiveness.
The study asked people to identify their religious preferences and how much they valued forgiveness; the results are remarkable.
People who said they valued forgiveness were no more forgiving in behavior that non-religious people who said they were indifferent or did not value forgiveness.
So often we know we NEED to forgive but we do not know HOW to forgive. This breaks my heart, because it is so necessary to living in freedom and fulfilling God's purposes for your life.
Consider this: if you do not actively forgive, you allow a foothold for the enemy in your life. And if you do not thoroughly forgive, you may be still tormented and not fully healed, still getting hung up and derailed.
Anytime negative emotions still come up when remembering an event in your past, there is still unforgiveness and unresolved judgments.
These people in the study valued forgiveness but did not practice it; the same for any person, believer or non-believer, atheist or devout protestant.
I believe if we learn how to forgive we can practice AND value forgiveness.
Online Forgiveness Class
Often, we hear forgiveness is important, but we may not know how to forgive.
The Living Oaks classes use a foundation of Biblical truth to teach believers how to forgive thoroughly and completely.
This class includes 8 teaching videos, an accompanying workbook, and a prayer toolkit.
Author: Valerie Bixler
Valerie's life mission is to know God and make him known. She and her husband minister in Colorado Springs.
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