When You Want to Forgive but Don’t Know How

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Today’s blog post is a guest post from my friend and fellow Rainer Publishing author: Mark Riggins. Check this out:

I’m embarrassed every time I admit this but I’m a pastor who carried a grudge for three years.

My best friend (and fellow pastor) and I had ended our friendship over a significant disagreement. I needed to move on. I needed to forgive. But I couldn’t.

Being a pastor who can’t forgive is a little tricky.

A Christian who doesn’t forgive is a like a gifted violinist who refuses to play. Musicians play. Christians forgive.

As a Christian pastor who couldn’t forgive, I felt like a conductor who suddenly couldn’t read music. I was standing in front of the orchestra waving my arms hoping no one would notice I was off the beat.

I desperately wanted to lay it down at Jesus’ feet. I knew that would honor Jesus, His Kingdom, and would free me too. But I couldn’t let it go.

Eventually, I got honest. I got desperate.

I no longer wanted to be right, repaid, or vindicated. I just wanted to let it go.

I approached God with naked surrender. I had nothing left and was desperate.

That’s when God spoke. Slowly, he revealed steps for me to take. That’s when I began to experience refreshing relief. Over time, I discovered the freedom of total forgiveness.

Nothing feels better than a heart freed from a gigantic grudge!

I felt called to write a short book outlining the steps that freed me. If you want to forgive but don’t know how, this book is for you.

Pick up a copy of STUCK When You Want to Forgive but Don’t Know How on Amazon. Click HERE to learn how you can receive a bunch of additional FREE resources to help you completely forgive.

 

*** Mark Riggins is the Community Life Pastor at ENCOUNTER | Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura, CA. His new book STUCK When You Want to Forgive but Don’t Know How is available now on Amazon. Sign-up HERE for a FREE 30-Day Online Forgiveness Devotional. You can follow Mark on his blog: www.markriggins.org.

 

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