Forgiveness: Necessary But Not Always Easy

The need to forgive is inevitable – all of us will be hurt by others or we will hurt others – this is the reality of the fallen world that we live in. These hurts can be minor to major with deep wounds and sometimes lifelong consequences. Sometimes, it is hard to forgive ourselves. But life is not possible without forgiveness. Unforgiveness is costly – relational “gridlocks”, compromised health, lack of freedom and hardness of heart.

While the secular world in recent decades has been discovering the importance and power of forgiveness, over two thousand years ago Jesus taught much about forgiveness, even making it a central part of one’s daily prayer (Matt. 6:12-15; 18:35; Mark 11:25; Luke 23:34; Col. 3:13). Indeed, if we do not forgive others then our heavenly Father will not forgive us – a sobering realization. We forgive others as Christ forgave our sins. Forgiveness, then, is part of discipleship as followers of Jesus.

While forgiveness is necessary for our health and the safety of our souls, it is not always easy. This is especially true when we experience betrayal or abuse within a faith community. In my years of ministering healing and transforming prayer I have realized that some people find forgiveness difficult because they have a misunderstanding about forgiveness. For example, they perceive that forgiveness is reconciliation or forgetting or minimizing the hurt(s). Are you finding it hard to truly forgive someone or maybe you cannot forgive yourself?

In this teaching video, I discuss the nature and need for forgiveness, the costs of unforgiveness and the misunderstandings that can stop someone from extending forgiveness. Since betrayal is often the hardest to forgive, I end this video with a short exposition of Psalm 55.

This video is an excerpt from a teaching and training Zoom conference conducted over the fall of 2020 for Immanuel Baptist Church in Toronto. I begin this session with a preamble on the central and strategic importance of the ministry of healing and transforming prayer in the life of every church. I trust you will be edified and encouraged through this video!

Teaching session on Forgiveness

Author: Dieter K Mulitze, PhD

Dieter has written three books on the ministry of transforming and healing prayer. One of Dieter’s main roles in this ministry is teaching the seminar series and speaking at conferences. Dieter’s three books serve to articulate and strengthen the theology and practice of the ministry of transforming prayer for the whole person. Dieter graduated from the U. of Guelph (BSc) and holds a PhD in quantitative genetics from the U. of Saskatchewan. Dieter was an associate professor with the University of Nebraska, and has co-authored scientific papers in several professional journals. He is a graduate of Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., with the Master of Christian Studies (MCS) degree, concentrating in spiritual theology. Dieter has served as an elder in a number of churches. Dieter is bi-vocational, serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for Agronomix Software, a software development company which develops, distributes and supports a software application for plant breeders and agronomists worldwide. With his experience in the corporate world, Dieter has also taught on the theology of work. Dieter is no stranger to international travel – having lived in Syria and Morocco for a total of 6 years and travelling to over 50 countries worldwide for business or ministry. Dieter and his wife Ellen live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have one daughter, Karissa, who lives in France with her husband and children.

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  1. Thank you for the teaching on forgiveness. Yes, long, but every minute worth listening to and very much appreciated.

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