End Child Sexual Abuse

Is Forgiveness Necessary?

In Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse on October 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

“To those who said, you must forgive to be forgiven, if that were the case, it would mean there are stipulations to my faith. A “work or act” I must do. And any Protestant who knows their faith, knows we do not come to our faith through works or acts. It is by faith alone.
So not only am I not responsible for forgiving my abuser; until he is repentant, he is incapable of receiving human forgiveness for any transgressions.”

Together We Heal

Forgiveness. What an amazing word. What an honorable act. What an indescribable sensation when once we receive it and too, when we dispense it.

Webster defines “Forgive” as: To pardon an offense or offender. To cease to feel resentment against. Synonyms include, absolve; excuse; exonerate; exculpate.
Closely associated with the word “forgive” is “forgiveness”. Which suggests words like: Mercy; Charity; and Compassion.

I’ve struggled a long time with these words. The reason is simple but tragic. When the very organization that is supposed to teach you the meanings behind these words refuses to protect you. When they even go so far as to take aim and target you as being the person at fault. When in truth, you are not only NOT to blame, but you are the victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a minister.

When this is the reality, it becomes increasingly difficult…

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