I Forgive You : How Heart-Based Forgiveness Sets You Free
Living in an age of hatred and revenge, we can avoid the high cost of unforgiveness if we do what Jesus said: forgive from our heart. I Forgive You offers an in-depth look at forgiveness. It describes a 12-step process that leads to heart-based forgiveness, allowing God to lift the heavy burden.
Numerous studies prove the healing power of forgiveness. Professionals use forgiveness to treat numerous troubles: anxiety and depression, abuse, trauma, divorce, marriage and family relationships, bereavement, and other losses.
Because of ignorance of forgiveness, resentment and anger continue to simmer below the surface, sometimes for years. Maintaining a record of wrongs and carrying grudges take a toll on our body, emotional and mental health, spirit, and relationships.
This book shows how unforgiveness opens the door to demonic-fueled pressures that can spiral completely out of control, leading downward from revenge to hatred to violence. But forgiving from the heart has power to set us free and bring peace.
The scales of justice must be balanced when an offense is committed. At Calvary, God provided the sacrificial blood of His Son so that the debts of our transgressors can be forgiven. Providing an understanding of how the blood of Jesus enables us to forgive even our worst offenders is one of the most important contributions of this book.
But before anyone can say those three simple–but profound–words, “I forgive you,” they must know the biblical basis of forgiving from the heart and realize what forgiveness is and is not.
People often have difficulty coming to grips with forgiveness. The author suggests various reasons why we refuse to forgive, enabling the reader to move beyond their pain and follow the pathway to forgiveness.
The final chapter is a deeply spiritual and emotional encounter with heart-based forgiveness. Identifying, naming, and then forgiving our offenders leads to better relationships, healing of painful memories, stronger immune system, and freedom to move forward in life.