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How Do I Forgive My Abuser?

Episode 632 | Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about why Jesus was baptized, cremation, temptation, and what it looks like to forgive abusers.

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Episode 632 Show Notes

From the Show

There is a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Reconciliation requires the party who sinned to recognize what they have done and repent of it. In cases of abuse, if somebody is saying, “you should forgive because Jesus says you should forgive,” and they are making demands from you, that is a huge red flag. Abusers can often operate in this way which should cause us to be very cautious. Even still, it is not always appropriate to restore these kinds of relationships.

——Adriel Sanchez

How Do I Forgive My Abuser?

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. If John was administering baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and Jesus was sinless, why did Jesus get baptized?
  2. 2. Should Christians be cremated or buried when they die?
  3. 3. I run a 12 step program and I use 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 where Paul talks about temptation to help those in the program. Am I applying this passage correctly?
  4. 4. I grew up being sexually abused by a family member. I want to forgive him, but I do not want to be in the same room as him. When Jesus says that we should forgive seventy times seven, does that mean I should force myself to include him in my life? I am struggling with knowing what to do.
  5. 5. What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

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