Today Elizabeth shares tips on forgiveness.
National Forgiveness Day was October 29. Who knew? This is a good reminder that we all need to practice forgiveness, but should this be reserved for one day…or should it be a way of life? Here’s how we can all benefit from the healing power of forgiveness not just one day a year, but every day:
· Pray for the person who hurt you. Though it may be difficult at first, there is something remarkable and healing about lifting a person in prayer who may not even care that you have been hurt.
· Communicate your feelings to the person who hurt you. Believe it or not, though we might think the person who hurt us should know what they have done, many times it simply does not cross their mind that there has been an offense, especially if it was unintentional.
· Extend grace. This sounds easy, but oftentimes it’s the most difficult to put into practice. Grace isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. Our initial response often tends toward vengeance or retaliation, but we can change this with a simple study of the habits of the One who practiced it best. Do a Bible search on the word grace and keep those scriptures constantly before you. And remember, with grace comes forgiveness, and with forgiveness…healing.
Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit her website, facebook page, or blog.
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