January 27, 2012

For Those Who Are Wounded

January 27, 2012
How do you know if you have forgiven someone? How can you tell if you have become bitter about a past offense? Below are some diagnostic questions from the last "Heart Issues" sermon on bitterness and forgiveness titled "Hope for the Wounded Heart."



Have I become bitter because I feel wounded by another? 
  1. Has the peace in my heart been disrupted because I feel wounded? 
  2. Has the joy in my heart been destroyed because I feel wounded? 
  3. Do I feel spiritually weak because I feel wounded? 
  4. Has my focus been diverted to myself because I feel wounded? 
  5. Have I pulled away from others because I feel wounded? 
  6. Do I make excuses for my responses toward others because I feel wounded? 
How do you know if you have forgiven someone or not?
  1. If you have a difficult time demonstrating authentic, heart-felt kindness to someone; then you need to see if there is something for which you need to forgive them: 
  2. If you feel fake when trying to be nice to someone; then you need to see if there is something for which you need to forgive them. 
  3. If you are critical in your mind toward someone; then you need to see if there is something for which you need forgive them. 
  4. If you are compelled to avoid someone; then you need to see if there is something for which you need to forgive them. 
  5. If your words are cutting or harsh to someone; then you need to see if there is something for which you need to forgive them. 
  6. If you speak negatively about someone; then you need to see if there is something for which you need to forgive them.