AWM Importance of Forgiveness Recovery Program
Agenda Session 6 – July 9, 2013
1. Start session with prayer – ask Holy Spirit to give you understanding and give you inner healing
2. Study each session carefully – this program is focused on healing of the spirit, soul, & body
3. If you have any questions, contact me via email
4. Close in Prayer – pray what you feel in your heart – this is your time between you and God and as you spend time with Him, you will deepen your personal relationship with Him!
5. Session 7 WILL BE POSTED JULY 16TH
Importance of Forgiveness Recovery Program – Part 1G – Session 6 – July 9th
III. Take Action By Taking Responsibility – Homework (continued)
C. Bitterness – 1G
Bitterness gains entrance through unforgiveness! The purpose in dealing with unforgiveness is to forgive the people who have hurt you and forgive yourself; until you deal with the trauma that happened to you through forgiveness, bitterness will not leave. If you still has pain in a memory that is evidence that there is bitterness there. We are going to take your hurt to the Lord in forgiveness and repentance and then He heals the broken heart and the pain (anger, resentment, hatred, guilt, shame, etc.) will go. Every bit of the pain must go or there is still bitterness. There are six levels to bitterness:
1. Unforgiveness - Unforgiveness keeps a record of wrongs against another person. Unforgiveness reminds, rehashes, projects and torments us with past negative events. It reminds us of what others have done to us, and what we have done to others.
2. Resentment - After unforgiveness has done its work, then here comes resentment. Resentment builds on the foundation laid by unforgiveness. The record of wrong ferments and resentment begins to grow. Resentment generates a feeling of ill will toward a person who has wronged us. Resentment constantly reminds us of past events, seeking to stir up negative sentiments that stew and ferment within us.
3. Retaliation - After unforgiveness and resentment have gained a foothold in our minds, now it's time to get even; that is where retaliation comes in. Have you ever seen a bumper sticker that said, "I don't forgive, I just get even?" Retaliation projects these kinds of sentiments: "Bill should pay for what he did to me," or "I am going to make Jane pay for what she said." "I am going to make sure Bob gets what he deserves, if it is the last thing that I do!"
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May God Continually Bless You and Keep You!
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks