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A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping by Kenny McNatt It’s hard to believe that Christmas, with all of it’s excitement has come and gone. The lights, decorations and Christmas DVDs are “neatly” stored away. Now we look forward to a new year. The dawning of a new year brings with it a hope for change. This hope for change provides the perfect platform for setting new goals. Most resolutions center around our physical health, our financial well-being or our educational goals. While these are all important areas to improve, we must not loose sight of how important it is to have great relationships. It is not that we view relationships as Kenny is a husband, a father, and a follower of Christ. He is a graduate of Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florid. He curently serves as the Lead Pastor at Seminole Assembly of God.

unimportant. It is simply that we often take relational health for granted. Building healthy relationships requires a proactive mindset and a willingness to make necessary changes. In reflecting back over the years that I have spent helping individuals and families, I have arrived at the following conclusion. One of the greatest determiners of healthy relationships is an individuals ability to forgive. Forgiveness is crucial relationship we have.



As a parent, we model forgiveness tor our children. As a spouse, we practice it with our partner. Yes, there are even those times in which we have to grant it to ourselves. Unfortunately we often lose sight of forgiveness. At times it

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is because our vision is blurred from efforts to prove we are right. Other times it is because we want to hold someone accountable for the wrong they have done us. Most often we do not forgive because we misunderstand what it means to forgive. With that in mind, I would like to share the three stages of forgiveness from a book titled, The Art of Forgiveness by Lewis B. Smedes. I have found that understanding these stages will help to bring clarity when it comes to forgiving those who have hurt you. • Stage One: Rediscover the Humanity of the Person Who Hurt You In rediscovering the humanity of the individual, we no longer look at the person as the wrong they have done to us. We cease looking

at them through lenses smudged by hate. • Stage Two: Surrender Your Right to Get Even In other words, we give up our right to get even. Living life fueled by vengeance will only lead you to deeper depths of anger and bitterness. • Stage Three: Revise Your Feelings Toward the Person You Forgive Once you have rediscovered their humanity (the fact that they are not the wrong they have done) and given up your right to get even, you will find that your feelings toward them will begin to change. As you set your goals for this year, make your relationships a priority by living a life of forgiveness.

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