Why Can’t I Forgive Myself

  I’ve discovered that when I look back over my life and the mistakes I’ve made, there are considerable regrets and pains. I’ve hurt myself with my decisions and allowed myself to be hurt by others.   However, the most difficult person to forgive has been myself. Even when I forgive myself and move on there are times when the same […]

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Struggling to Forgive Others

    When we’ve been hurt, it is easy to struggle with forgiving those that hurt us. However, refusing to forgive, can be detrimental to our health. Studies show that not forgiving can lead to: High blood pressure Heart issues Anger Increased depression Chronic stress Mental illness Some ways in which we can work through our emotions towards forgiveness are: […]

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Power of Forgiveness: Forgiving Others

Dawn Smith Jordan, Miss South Carolina 1986, has gone on to become a Christian speaker and artists.  Part of her testimony is the story of the murder of her sister, Sheri, in 1985.  The man who kidnapped Sheri, led the family to believe she was still alive for weeks, although he killed her that first day.  He later killed an […]

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Power of Forgiveness: Forgiveness for yourself

I have found that it is easy to forgive others, but difficult to forgive myself. Right now, I am struggling to reclaim a healthy lifestyle and forgive myself for allowing my health and weight to grow so out of shape. But, this isn’t the first time I’ve struggled to forgive myself.  After surviving two abusive relationships, I struggled to forgive […]

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Power of Forgiveness: Forgiveness heals

Last week, we discussed when we cannot forgive.  But, did you know there are health benefits of forgiveness? Forgiveness heals and can bring healing. After I left my abusive relationship, I struggled with forgiveness and it was very slow in coming.  It took me several years to reach forgiveness.  Each day, I prayed and asked God’s help to help me […]

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Power of Forgiveness: Learning to Forgive

As we enter a new year, we will begin a new study.  For the next two months, we will talk about forgiveness. Forgiveness is defined as the act or process of forgiving or being forgiven.  Forgive means to stop feeling angry or resentful for an offense, flaw, or mistake.  To cancel a debt or to forgive someone for an offense. […]

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Praying for Our Enemies

I previously shared why we should forgive those that hurt us.  But God calls us to go even a step farther and pray for our enemies. Again, this is easier said than done. I have had several situations in which I was deeply betrayed by others I trusted and loved.  This hurt deeply.  But, I chose to forgive the and […]

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When We Blame Others

Recently I had a conversation with a loved one.  A former boyfriend had recently died due to a short illness. We began to discuss the decisions this individual made and that she was better off without him.  Even before they broke up, he was making bad choices and doing things that were harmful to both himself and others.  This was […]

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When You Are Angry At God

Last week, we discussed being alone and I shared to turn to God during that time. However, what happens when you are angry at God? If you’ve never been angry at God then bless you. However, at some point, something has happened in which you have probably been angry at God. In the Bible, Job was angry with God when […]

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Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us

I had my heart broken and had been betrayed and I was angry. However, I had a choice.  I could stay angry or I could learn to forgive.  I chose to forgive.  I forgave for my own good more than anything and there is nothing wrong with that. In the book of Genesis, is the story of Joseph.  He was […]

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His Kind of Love: Power of Forgiveness

Peter asked Jesus “How many times should I forgive my brother? Seven?” To Peter forgiving seven times was a lot. After all, in Old Testament times seven was considered a perfect number. So, wasn’t forgiving seven times the perfect amount. However, Jesus surprised him {Matthew 18:22} and said “ I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy […]

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