Two Reasons Why You Need to Forgive (Forgiveness 101 Part 1)

[The following is an excerpt from a  FREE PDF book on forgiveness that’s yours just for the asking: Forgiveness 101. It shares five Biblical realities to set you free to forgive. Want a copy? Just email us here: To read more from the book first click here: Forgiveness 101.]

Forgiveness 101

is this book for you?

For starters, you should know this book is written for a specific audience – those who, though not currently “in a relationship,” think they might get married sometime before they die. Almost all relationship advice is directed to couples, but this book is addressed to the wise individual who wants to plan for the awesome calling of marriage a bit farther out in advance. (You know, assuming marriage might call for such advance preparation.)

Now if that’s not you, you will still find the truths contained in this book meaningful. You’ll just have to put up with the inconvenience of a book that’s not written directly to fit your life situation, and on many occasions you may find yourself thinking, “I wish I had heard this before I got married (or engaged or in a serious relationship, or divorced… three times).”

On the other hand, if you are one of those wise individual contemplating marriage sometime in future, you’re in for a treat. You see, we have been preparing college and career singles for their future marriage since 2003 and in our studies (as well as our personal marital experience) we’ve found forgiveness to be a critical issue that should be dealt with way out ahead of marriage.

is this book about you?

Is there a particular person with whom you simply don’t interact, someone you can’t stand, someone for whom the mere mention of their name stands the hair up on the back of your neck?

Did they hurt you?

Reject you?

Take advantage of you?

Ignore you?

Humiliate you?

Slander you?

Steal something from you?

Withhold something they owed you?

Betray you?

Do you think you’ll never be able to forgive them?

Well, what if I told you that if you can’t forgive them your chances of enjoying a healthy life-giving marriage drop precipitously? This is true for at least two reasons:

#1 Despite your best intentions, you’ll bring that buried bitterness into marriage.

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#2 It’s likely one day your future marriage partner will hurt you just as much.

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