We're winding up the series that looks at how villainizing others ends up hurting ourselves. Keeping someone in the villain role robs you of forgiveness. Forgiveness. It’s an ambivalent word. A verb and a noun. An emotion and construct. It’s both necessary and complicated. It sounds so kind & lovely…until you have someone to forgive! But most importantly, forgiveness has the power to heal BOTH villain and victim.
As both a therapist and certified life coach, I teach: spiritual growth, congruent living, mental health, financial freedom, and what neuroscience & Scripture have to say about all that.
We look to our past to see what's possible in our lives. We let all the lies we've believed and the identity we've adopted (from the world-not from our Creator!) box us in and keep us from growing and expanding. It's important to challenge and fact-check our thoughts to make sure they're valid before accepting them as truth. Especially when it comes to limiting who we are and what we can do...or rather, who God is and what He can do in and through us! As pastor and author Steven Furtick said, "When lies are not confronted, callings are not fulfilled”