Principle # 6

#6 Ask for Forgiveness

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others. 

Forgiveness is a big deal for many reasons. Forgiveness can end our feelings of isolation from God and others. But forgiveness is hard! And some of us may think, "if God has forgiven me and others, isn't that enough? Why should I drag up the past? If I ignore it and forget about the stuff that has happened, then it'll eventually go away, right?" The answer to that question is simple: Forgiveness is not about our past so much as it is about our future. Before we can have healthy relationships, we need to clean out the guilt, shame, and pain that has caused past relationships to fail.


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