My new ebook will be released on January 19th – it’s about forgiveness from the human perspective. The word “forgive” has practical meanings beyond the religious undertones. It doesn’t always require you to wipe the slate clean when others offend you. Here’s the introduction so you can decide if you’d like to pre-order it.
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True story. A man bought a vacation home for his family. His vision was to enjoy many relaxing times together. While they were experiencing a weekend getaway, his primary residence was broken into and ransacked. Everything of value was stolen.
This event altered his life. Even though his homeowners insurance paid to replace most of the possessions, this man’s personality changed. He became bitter. He sold the vacation house. After a few years, he developed bone cancer and died.
I can only speculate about the deep-seated sense of violation this man felt that dominated his attitude and destroyed his zest for life. The man lost some prized possessions. But lots of people lose possessions and move on to live an abundant life.
Some life events become like ghosts of the past, haunting you and injecting you with their negative energies. However, it doesn’t have to remain that way. You have the Power to rise above those memories so their effects are reduced.
Forgiveness in its diverse forms will help you overcome negative energies revolving in your heart and mind that are blocking you from peace, joy, or contentment in life.
Jesus is the icon for forgiveness. He personified forgiveness. He revealed one of the purposes for which he was sent when he said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV). Forgiveness leads to life in its abundance.
When the children of Israel were getting ready to cross over the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land, Moses gave them a choice. He said, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days…” (Deut. 30:19-20).
In many places in the Bible, life and death can be seen as metaphors. Moses wasn’t saying that people would live or die physically based on following his commandments. “Life” refers to the quality of life God wants for you, a life of blessings and good things. “Death” refers to the absence of true and abundant living. Death is living with hardship, struggle, and facing the consequences of sin.
Every day you have choices to make. They can bring peace, joy, and harmony to your body, mind, and spirit. Or your choices can bring negativity, conflict, division, and anger with their effects to your body, mind, and spirit. Forgiveness is one of those choices.
Forgiveness is one of the doors to the blessings of peace and freedom. And don’t worry. I’m not going to repeat the tired, insensitive mantras that require complete absolution of all your offenders. My hope is that you will recognize there are diverse and compassionate ways to understand the words of the Bible when they speak of forgiving.
With God, all things are possible. God has supplied you with a Power that will help you make the right choices and move forward. So let’s cross the Jordan River, choosing life, and journey into the Promised Land.
(c) Paul W. Meier, 2015 Published by Malcolm Creek Publishing.
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This is a short ebook, 43 pages long, and covers seven practical aspects of forgiveness at the human level. You can pre-order 7 Prayers for the Power to Forgive and Move Forward with Your Life for 99¢ at these links for your Kindle, Apple device, NOOK, or KOBO. It will be delivered on Jan. 19th. Thanks for considering it.