I’m guest posting over at the Lighthouse Bible Studies blog today talking about how to break free from unforgiveness:
Loving your enemies sounds easy until you have one. Early in our ministry my husband and I had to deal with an individual who slandered us and sought to do us harm. Walking through the process of forgiveness was tough, but it was also necessary. The cost of not forgiving is our emotional and spiritual health. Unforgiveness leads to spiritual bondage.
How the bondage begins:
Unforgiveness begins with a hurt or offense that we can’t or won’t let go. We may do this for different reasons. Sometimes a hurt is so deep that it’s easier to hold onto the pain instead of doing the deep work of soul-healing. Sometimes an offense hits the trigger of a past hurt, and we emotionally respond to the past as much as the present moment. Unforgiveness begins when we cling to the pain rather than moving through forgiveness into freedom.