Will to Forgive

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

— Corrie Ten Boom —

Forgiveness is so powerful yet so difficult.

A few years ago I had a very close friend/accountability partner behave outside the bounds of integrity. I called him out on his behavior and he refused to listen. He acted as if I was out of line for confronting him.

This incident generated much anger in my heart…

  • Anger usually arises from control issues.
  • Anger left unattended, is poison to an addict.

After fuming with anger for a few days, I began to pray for God to give me the willingness to forgive my once very close friend. Eventually, I forgave him and moved on.

I learned years ago that whenever I allow my anger towards someone to stand between me and my serenity, that person is standing closer to my serenity than I am.

Is there something or someone stealing you of your serenity?

Maybe it’s time to forgive.

Click on the scripture link below for a great parable from Jesus about forgiveness.



Matthew 18:21-35

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