I’d be so grateful if you decided to join me for this study about forgiving what we can’t forget. I’m also proud of you for considering it. Because I know deeply and personally how hard all of this can be. When your heart has been shattered and reshaped into something that doesn’t quite feel normal inside your own chest, forgiveness can feel so very unrealistic.
At first, we say it’s too soon.
And then years go by, and we say it’s too late.
In my own life, I knew as a Christian I was supposed to forgive. I may have even whispered a faint prayer using the word forgiveness. But truly understanding how to forgive? I wasn’t sure. And isn’t it odd that, though forgiveness is a major part of the Christian faith, most of us have never been taught much about it?
We know God commands us to do it. But how? Why? When? And are there exceptions?
After nearly a thousand hours of studying this topic in the Bible, I can’t say all my questions have been answered. Nor can I promise this is easy. But I can tell you the Bible offers the truth about forgiveness that our souls desperately need. And, best of all, God Himself modeled how to do this even when it feels impossible.
Instead of digging into just one book of the Bible during this study, I’m looking at incredibly rich passages throughout Scripture. These truths have meant so much to me personally in my own journey with forgiveness, and I’m believing they’re going to leave you forever changed too.
So, let’s open up His Word, open up our hearts, and invite His healing in.
Together, we can start seeing beautiful again.
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Uninvited, and more. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.