Forgiveness

Big Hug For You

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A Big Hug Just For You DO YOU HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF?  By Rev. Dr. Ronald Lehenbauer, LMFT, LCC Pastoral Counselor We all know that good relationships are a very important part of life.  Close friendships and relationships, including our marriage relationship, make for much of the joy we experience in our lives.  A relationship that becomes conflicted, strained and disconnected can be the source of much unhappiness and misery.  Perhaps you’ve heard the well-known quotation of Nelson Mandela: “Holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemy.”...

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The Importance of Forgiveness in Relationships

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By Rev. Kirk Bingaman, Ph.D. For millennia, the practice of forgiveness has been central to the religious and spiritual life of the Christian community. The words of Jesus in the Pater Noster or Lord’s Prayer remind us that we are forgiven our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us. While all people of faith would certainly embrace this teaching in theory, we must also acknowledge that in practice it is sometimes easier said than done. Why? What we are learning from neuroscience and from actual brain scans is that the brain, yours and mine, has a built-in negativity bias...

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Forgive and Forget?

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PLEASE DO NOT FORGIVE AND FORGET By The Rev. Alan F. Steinke, LCSW-R A task of the first therapy session is the collaboration of the client and therapist to identify treatment goals. The most frequent goals center around alleviating anxiety, depression, and relational tensions. Infrequently named as a goal is “forgiveness,” although it is often later identified as the desired outcome. That which disturbs the mind is often the need to forgive or be forgiven. Literature brims with reflections about forgiveness. Alexander Pope: “To err is human, to forgive divine.” Oscar Wilde: “Always forgive...

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