How to Forgive People? : Bishop Robert Barron

Video from Bishop Robert Barron

"Friends, today we continue our discussion of a recent article by Tim Keller, the popular Protestant pastor, titled “The Fading of Forgiveness: Tracing the Disappearance of the Thing We Need Most.” We previously explored why forgiveness has faded in our culture. Today, we focus on the path forward, how we can practice and encourage more forgiveness." from video introduction.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11

10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Whom do you need to forgive?

Forgiveness for most of us is the hardest thing we must do in our lifetime as it fights against our flesh. As Christians we must follow our Lord no matter how difficult because he first forgave us: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). God the Father canceled “the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands of death, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).

We may have good reason to harbor resentment, hold a grudge, but like our Lord who denied himself, picked up his cross, and forgave we as well must forgive.

Whom do you need to forgive now in your life? Make it happen, pray for the strength to forgive!

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