AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL IDENTIFY AND RECORD EVERYONE I HAVE HARMED AND THROUGH PRAYER BECOME WILLING TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM
Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you
Forgiving others isn’t always easy. Often the pain is still real and raw. But forgiving is necessary to move on in the process of recovery. The degree we are willing to forgive those who have hurt us is an indication of how much we have grown spiritually.
I grew up with an aggressive and abusive step-father. My resentment towards him was far greater than any other resentment I carried in my heart. He is the only person I ever really hated.
When I entered recovery He was the hardest person for me to forgive. So much so that a couple of times my resentment for him threatened to bring me unstuck.
Through prayer, meditation, residing in the presence of God and understanding of my
step-fathers faults I forgave – but it was hard.
- Are you carrying resentment that will lead to relapse?
Prayer: Lord help me to forgive.