The Big Race

 Joining in

Getting Ready
Getting in Shape
Your Trainers
Distance Training
Course Overview

Crossing the Line
Readying the Mind
Mastering the Course
Deciding to Win

Running the Race
Off we go
Starting off right
Power to Run
Picking up the Mess
The Pieces
Starting with God
Renewed with God
Confessions's Design
Responses to Sin
Results of Confession
Steps of Confession
Confession Chart
Confessional Prayer
Importance of forgiveness
What is forgiveness?
7 Steps of forgiving
Dealing with revenge
Making apology
Consequences not forgiving
Forgiving ourselves

Running the Race

Finishing Well


What are the 7 steps to forgive?

1. Identify your offenses needing forgiveness.
Acknowledge the hurt and pain.
Pass the burden of revenge on to God.
Making apology. Seeking forgiveness.
Ask God to comfort you.
Make restitution when possible.
Show thankfulness to God and others.

How does bitterness start?
What is forgiveness anyway?
What are the 7 steps to seek forgiveness?
Consequences of not forgiving
Forgiving ourselves

What happens if I don't forgive?
We do not need to look far to find a bitter person. Unfortunately, bitter people seem to stand out wherever they are, much like a sore thumb. Bitterness develops from not forgiving another person. How? We start with the seed of an unforgiving heart. Here are three kinds of such seeds.
  1. Often the problem is just a misunderstanding. We refuse to give any benefit of the other person's intention. We assume they deliberately did a wrong against us.
  2. More often, there is some wrong, but it is exagerated with our suspicion.
  3. Then sometimes, there are just those plain hard wrongs done against people.

Roots come from the seedIt doesn't take many days on earth to experience a wrong against yourself. If you forgive, then no seeds of an unforgiving spirit are planted in your heart. If you respond with unforgivingness, then you have a seed in your heart that slowly but surely develops into a root of bitterness. God has not made our systems to manage this bitterness. The Bitterness is born from unforgivenessscriptures say,

"See to it
that no one comes short of the grace of God;
that no
root of bitterness springing up causes trouble,
and by it many be defiled;"
(Hebrews 12:15, NASB).

Roots develop from the seed and supply a network for nourishment and security for that seed. Unforgivingness always develops bitter roots in our hearts. These roots of bitterness then attempt to spread to our whole life.

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