Embodied Holiness

Ep. 23 Face-to-Face Again: Is it Really Possible to Forgive?

September 27, 2022 Rev. Susan Eaton, Dr. Lindsey Lewis, Dr. Lyerly Christensen Season 2 Episode 23
Embodied Holiness
Ep. 23 Face-to-Face Again: Is it Really Possible to Forgive?
Show Notes

You’ve left the toxic environment or relationship. You’ve been doing the work of healing past wounds. You’ve moved forward in so many ways. Then one day you’re face-to-face with the person who caused you so much pain. How do you respond? In this episode, we discuss the power of forgiveness and how it is essential to living a life of joy. Yes, it can be hard, but it is possible to forgive even that person, and it’s necessary if we’re going to be a source of healing for the world. Listen in as we wrap up our 3-part series on Reclaiming Joy.

Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. Look up and read Ephesians 4:25-5:2

  • (vs. 26-27) Who does Paul say we are making room for when we hang on to anger?
  • Look carefully over the entire passage. What does Paul say we need to put away or give up?
  • (vs. 4:32-5:2) What are the traits and/or actions Paul says we should possess?
  • Looking at both lists, which traits are more prevalent in your life right now?
  • Ask yourself, "Based on my current attitudes, who am I making room for in my soul?

2. What is one practical step you can take today to live in love?

3. What sins of others have you been retaining? What has been the result of that physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

"Forgiveness is dangerous to those who prefer tragic storylines." To Forgive is Human, by Everett Worthington

Additional resources mentioned:
To Forgive is Human, by Everett Worthington

How to Pray for Someone Who Hurt You, by Crystal McGowen

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