Taking Forgiveness to a Whole New Level
A few months ago, I did a book review for Desmond Tutu’s book, ‘The Book of Forgiving’.
Listening to Desmond’s book got me thinking a lot about forgiveness, about forgiving others, asking for forgiveness and forgiving myself. I began to pray more about unforgiveness. The Lord showed me many instances in my past where I was not forgiving and was holding on to unforgiveness. That is when God introduced me to the idea of intercessory forgiving.
What is intercessory forgiving?
Intercessory means to intercede by praying for the good of another.
How does one practice intercessory forgiving?
By praying for the person you are forgiving, you are taking your act of forgiving to a whole new level. Not only am I choosing to forgive the person who wronged me but I also offer the pain to God for that person AND pray for their well-being.
WOW! This is powerful!
It took me a while to get my head around this. Once, I did and began to practice this, I was amazed by how my attitude and feelings changed. Unforgiveness reeks havoc on our bodies. Holding on to the negativity of not forgiving has consequences beyond what we realize. When we forgive, we allow our spirit, mind and body to be healed. We are able to release the person to God and to say with Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.