The Wounded Hand

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“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

- Jesus



- Forgiveness is a _______________ _______________.

“The discoverer of the role of forgiveness in the realm of human affairs was Jesus of

- Dr. Hanna Arendt

Forgiveness is replacing ill will towards the offender with goodwill

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:9-11

- Forgiveness is _______________.

“Forgiveness is not cheap, is not facile. It is costly. Reconciliation is not an easy option. It cost God the death of his Son.”

- Bishop Desmond Tutu

The Path to Unforgiveness:

Transgression --> Perception --> Emotion --> Rumination --> Unforgiveness

The Process of Forgiveness:

1. _______________: Decisional Forgiveness

Decisional Forgiveness is making a “decision about how you want to treat the person
in the future. A complete decision to forgive is when you decide not to pay back a hurt
for a hurt, but you plan to treat the person as someone you appreciate.”

- Dr. Everett Worthington

2. _______________: Emotional Forgiveness

Emotional forgiveness is the emotional replacement of negative, unforgiving emotions (e.g., resentment, hostility, anger, and fear) by positive, other-oriented emotions (e.g., empathy, sympathy, compassion, and love).

- Dr. Everett Worthington

3. _______________: Wish Them Well

It takes one person to forgive; it takes two people to be reunited.

- Lewis B. Smedes

- Forgiveness is for _______________.

There is no one beyond the forgiveness of God.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

- Jesus

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

_______________ people _______________ people.



Further Resources:
Everett Worthington,
Lewis Smedes, Forgive & Forget