I was laying in bed with my eyes closed and I was thinking about my next blog… I saw the words ” The Power of Forgiveness” like a banner before my eyes…There is power in forgiveness! If you are holding unforgiveness in your heart – you are in bondage. You have to make a choice to forgive but also through that choice – allow His power to work in and through you to accomplish that forgiveness. 2 Cor. 12: 9 says that His strength and power are made perfect in our weakness (our weakness or inability to forgive)
Power – Possession of qualities required to do something or to get something done.
We can’t do it alone but through His power we can! He gives us the power to overcome these strongholds in our lives…
I pray that this will set someone free today!!!!!!
Steps To Forgiveness from “Victory Over The Darkness” by Neil T. Anderson
1. Ask the Lord to reveal to your mind the people you need to forgive. Write them on a sheet of paper.
2. Acknowledge the hurt and the hate. State specifically for what you are forgiving them. Also state how their offenses made you feel.
3. Understand the significance of the cross. The cross of Christ makes forgiveness legally and morally right. Jesus took upon Himself all the sins of the world-including yours and the person who offended you – and He died “once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). The heart cries, “It isn’t fair! Where is the justice?” It is in the Cross.
4. Decide you will bear the burden of each person’s sin (see Galatians 6:1,2). This means you will not retaliate in the future by using the information about their sin against them.
5. Decide to forgive. Forgiveness is a crisis of the will, a conscious choice to let the other person off the hook and to free your self from the past.
6. Take your list to God and pray the following: “I forgive (name) for (list of all offenses and how they made you feel).”
7. Destroy the list.
8. Do not expect that your decision to forgive will result in major changes in the other persons. Instead, pray for them (see Matt. 5:44) so they, too, may find the freedom of forgiveness (see 2 Corinthians. 2:7).
9. Try to understand the people you have forgiven, but don’t rationalize their behavior. What they did was wrong and you shouldn’t make excuses for them.
10. Expect positive results of forgiveness in you.
11. Thank God for the lessons you have learned and the maturity you have gained as a result of the offenses and your decision to forgive the offenders (see Romans 8:28, 29).
12. Be sure to accept your part of the blame for the offenses you suffered. Confess your failure to God (see 1 John 1:9) and to others (see James 5:16) and realize that if someone has something against you, you must go and be reconciled (see Matthew 5:23-26)