Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” -Corrie ten Boom. Listen to Mother Cathy Cox, Dr. Kathleen Jackson, and Fr. Jos Tharakan as they delve deeper into the topic of forgiveness. 

  • Does God forgive us only when we ask for forgiveness?

  • Must we forgive another who has no remorse for their transgression against us?

  • How would you describe forgiveness?

  • Is it an expression of love, moral courage, strength, humility, or some other character trait?

  • How do we forgive ourselves and how does that impact our ability to forgive others?

  • Do you have a method (like prayer) to help you practice forgiveness when none is sought?

Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Ephesians 4:31-32 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and wrangling and slander, together will all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 18: 21-22 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”

Colossians 3: 13 Bear with each other and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also forgive.

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