LEVELS OF FOREGIVENESS
When Jesus taught us how to pray, He told us that we need to give and receive forgiveness on a daily basis. He then went on to address how we are to forgive others, demonstrating that He must have felt forgiveness was key to our prayer lives. I cannot help but wonder that, if He hadn’t commanded us to forgive, we might not begin the process at all. Those initial steps of obedience, from our head, lead us to eventually feeling forgiveness in our hearts.
Jesus also assured us that offenses are inevitable. They happen to everyone and cause divisions in every family, marriage, church, and friendship. Forgiveness is the one thing we need to practice in order to maintain these valuable relationships. It seems that our Father allows us the opportunity to forgive as an occasion to become more like Him.
Forgiveness is a grace word, so it is something we need to give away. Often, our own freedom hinges upon our giving freedom to those who have hurt or offended us.
In this booklet, you will see how forgiveness is a process, which takes time, commitment, and grace, as we follow God’s own example of how He forgave us.
In this study, Penn describes what forgiveness looks like, giving examples of forgiveness you can see, giving practical things you can do to start the feelings of forgiveness.
This is a companion book to his other books, Jesus in Warfareand Stopping the Mouths of Lions,and builds upon chapters that had been written in both of these books.