It is said that holding a grudge is like eating poison and then expecting the other person to die. As we all know from experience, it’s very easy to hold grudges. Yet, we know there are very damaging consequences to our entire being when we fail to forgive. There are mental consequences, emotional consequences, and physical consequences. Conversely, perhaps the opposite is also true. The spiritual journey to forgiveness is steep and rocky and challenging. Yet, when we reach the summit of the path to forgiveness, the view is spectacular. This blog post is about the journey. . . . → Read More: The Link Between Forgiveness and Peace
Jesus had a remarkable gift for seeing through everything superficial, for peeling back the layers of the dusty, superficial robes of identity we wear, to peer into a person’s inner soul. Whether speaking to a Roman Centurian, to a Samaritan adulteress, or to a distinguished Rabbi, Jesus always seemed to see beyond title or position and to respond to the deeper thoughts and real need of the individual he was relating to.
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How we respond to those we are in conflict with may be more important than any other aspect of our dispute. . . . → Read More: This Is My Commandment
Some teachings by Dr. Martin Luther King on nonviolence … . . . → Read More: Six Principles of Nonviolence
The model for peacemaking comes from deep, spiritual theory of compassion and love. Learn more in this slideshow. . . . → Read More: Deeper Theory of Peacemaking
Discovering the miraculous in the ordinary . . . → Read More: Santa, the Nativity, and … What?
There is a profound difference between resolving a conflict and just making the symptoms go away. . . . → Read More: Conflict Resolution vs. Conflict Transformation
If you are interested in Christian Conflict Resolution, learn here the “Four G’s of Reconciliation, the “Seven A’s of Confession,” and the “Four Promises of Forgiveness,” as enunciated by Ken Sande and Peacemaker Ministries. Although enunciated specifically in the Christian context, it’s my view these principles or forgiveness and reconcilation are helpful no matter what your religious leaning. . . . → Read More: The Four G’s of Christian Conflict Resolution