Leading a More Merciful Life: The Power of Forgiveness

November 28, 2016
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Man praying“Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us.”

In this excerpt from The Lord’s Prayer, it touches on one of the most powerful pillars of Christianity. How critical it is to forgive yourself and others. Think about it. Would you want to live in a world where people held grudges indefinitely and constantly reminded you of the mistakes you’ve made along the way? Of course not.

And, learning how to adopt a more forgiving attitude is especially important for those casting off a lifestyle of addiction. By freeing yourself from negativity and choosing to embrace yourself and others in a more positive light, you can reduce your risk relapse and protect your hard-earned sobriety.

If you’d like to cultivate a more sympathetic mindset, consider adopting some of these strategies of forgiveness – to open your mind and your heart.

(1) Stop keeping score.

When you see a friend or family member, do you really see the whole person? Or, do you immediately recall each and every grievance you have against them? People are human and everyone makes mistakes. The next time you start to mentally run through a list of past missteps, pause and ask yourself if you would like to be judged in the same critical way.

(2) Be discreet.

A big part of addiction recovery is all about taking responsibility for your actions. If you want to apologize to a friend or family member for something you did as a result of living with an addiction, pull them aside and talk to them privately. Initially, they may not be comfortable talking about it in a public setting. And, they’ll be more likely to pay attention to what you’re saying without being distracted.

(3) Be kind to yourself.

If you know that forgiving others for prior mistakes is the Christian thing to do, you also need to extend that same courtesy to yourself. Use what you have learned as a stepping stone towards the future. Beating yourself up over and over again doesn’t support your journey to sobriety.

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