Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness
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“Jesus came that our sins might be forgiven and we would be restored to an intimate relationship with God through Him. His free gift of forgiveness is beautiful and beyond comparison. What God gives us freely He expects us to also give freely to others. Because we have received God’s forgiveness we can forgive others who sin against us or harm us in any way.
If we don’t forgive we will be miserable and our soul will be poisoned with the malignancy of bitterness. I have learned that when I forgive someone who has hurt me I am actually doing myself a favor, and that knowledge makes it much easier for me to forgive quickly and completely. I would like to be able to say that I learned this principle early in my life and have not wasted precious time in unforgiveness, but I can’t. It has taken me decades to learn what I desire to share with you in this book.
Unfortunately, we won’t go through life and never get hurt, wounded, or offended. Experience tells us that life is filled with injustices. However, we can be free from the pain of these wounds by letting them go and trusting God to be our Vindicator and bring justice into our lives. The roots of unforgiveness are very dangerous. They grow deep below the surface and take hold deep within us. They are insidious because they convince us that because we have been wronged, someone must be punished and that we cannot and will not be happy until they are. We want to be paid back for the pain we have endured, but only God can pay us back, and He will if we trust Him and forgive our enemies as He has told us to do.
I am sure that many who read this book will begin with anger in their hearts. Someone has hurt them or life has disappointed them. My prayer is that their hearts will be opened to God and they will see the urgent importance of living free from any kind of bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, or offense.
I believe that we have opportunities every week to be offended and become angry, but proper knowledge of God’s will gives us the courage to move beyond anger and enjoy the life God has given us. Staying angry at someone who has hurt you is like taking poison hoping your enemy will die. Our unforgiveness hurts us more that it does anyone else. God never asks us to do anything unless it is going to ultimately be good for us, so we should trust Him and learn to freely forgive.
It is my prayer that as you read this book, you will learn that when you process anger in a healthy manner and when you forgive, the person you’re doing a favor for is yourself.”
Excerpted from DO YOURSELF A FAVOR . . . FORGIVE by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Reprinted by permission of FaithWords. All rights reserved.
Building on her empowering message of using your mind to master difficult emotions, Joyce Meyer, in Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive, focuses on the most destructive emotion of all: anger. Anger is responsible for broken relationships, sleepless nights, high blood pressure and ulcers. It destroys friendships, marriages, families and peace of mind. Anger is especially hard to handle for Christians who have learned from childhood that “good Christians don’t get angry.” Joyce argues that properly handled, anger alerts us that something is wrong and needs to be resolved.
In Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive, she delves into the often misunderstood process of forgiving, explaining the positive impact of forgiveness on the origins, forms and the results of our anger. But why should we forgive? Joyce examines this question, showing how forgiving is the only thing that can free us from the terrible turmoil that anger causes to spill over into every part of life.
Joyce Meyer understands that life is all too frequently unfair, but that’s not a reason to let anger destroy our well-being and health. Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive is her life enriching guide to navigating that thorny territory to find true peace.
Hardcover Book : 208 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( April 03, 2012 )
Item #: 13-568235
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.437inches
Product Weight: 9.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
as usual Joyce Meyers writes a book that is not only informative,it helps you see the inportants of being able to forgive someone very prowerful.
Reviewer: mary s
Joyce Meyers is definitely a role model for me. All her books really reaches the core of my soul. I didn't realize until reading this book that I have so much unforgiveness in my life (past and present). I now realize that I need to stay in prayer and let it go. Joyce's books really has helped me and opened my eyes and heart to forgivenes! May God continue to touch Joyce Meyers heart and give her more topics to write about to help others. After I read her books, I give them to my friends/family to read. All I get is positive comments back.
Reviewer: Patty N