The significance of forgiveness is underrated and underused. Very few actions can benefit a relationship more than forgiveness. In fact, based on God’s example with us and in His Word, as well as personal experience, I have learned that the best advice or counsel to give for most relational problems starts with opening and walking through the gates of forgiveness and confession.
Forgiveness will heal a multitude of relationship problems, but it is not natural to consider it, especially shortly after someone has hurt you. The pain of what they did to you typically removes any thinking about forgiveness – your actual cure!
Forgiveness is so powerful, but vastly underused.
To take advantage of the power, you need to know the critical basics of forgiveness require you to know the answers to two questions:
- What is a good working definition of forgiveness?
- How do you know if you have forgiven someone?
Applying the answers to those questions will help forgiveness become a part of your life. The more you know about forgiveness, the more you will likely use it, because better understanding can lead to better actions.