What would you do if someone you loved deeply was murdered with a jackhammer, and then burned alive? Could you forgive them? Could you go even further than forgiveness? In Episode 24 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve’s friend and mentor Ed Bacon shares truths about forgiveness.
We have been forgiven so many times by God that our identity changes to be among the world’s “forgiven ones”, meaning there is no limit to show how many times we will be a forgiving one.
If we are still counting how many times we are supposed to forgive, we have missed it.
From the Cross, Jesus never mentioned repentance or vengeance. Jesus forgave with no strings attached.
Whether we are forgiving or unforgiving is a matter of consciousness that forms our very character.
The one glaring characteristic of people who are prone to disease is grudge-holding.
Unforgiveness compromises the immune system in production of certain hormones and the ways our bodies fight off infections.
Forgiveness does not mean forgetting.
Forgiven people forgive people, no matter what has happened to us.
The essence of God is forgivingness.
The way God deals with evil is through redemptive forgiveness.
We are called to restorative justice.
When we forgive, our ego-self has to die.
To forgive, I must see God in the person who has harmed me.
There is no future for us if we choose not to forgive.
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REV. ED BACON IS FORMER RECTOR OF ALL SAINTS, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA. HE IS A FREQUENT GUEST ON OPRAH’S SOUL SERIES, AND ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE HUFFINGTON POST AND TRUTHDIG. ED HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS ACCOLADES FOR HIS PEACE AND INTERFAITH WORK. CONNECT WITH ED ON TWITTER, HIS WEBSITE, OR BUY 8 HABITS OF LOVE: OPEN YOUR HEART, OPEN YOUR MIND ON AMAZON.
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