October 4, 2015
Paul writes a personal letter to Philemon asking him to forgive and receive back Onesimus, his runaway servant slave. Forgiveness requires the forgiver to "eat" the offense so that they may be free from the prison of bitterness. Dr. Lewis Smedes, forgiveness expert, theologian, and Professor of psychology, states there are three stages to forgiveness: 1) surrender your right to get even (eat the offense); 2) see the offender with new eyes; 3) wish them a better future. This is how we are released from a bitter mindset. Forgiveness is the core of Christianity.
Tag: Philemon, Forgiving Others