Essential to emotional resilience is the ability to love myself. This does not mean approving of foolish behavior or overlooking character flaws that need changing. Rather, it means accepting, caring for, and forgiving myself as a person, just as I would treat someone else who has worth, yet isn’t perfect.
I can think of at least three reasons, why forgiveness is an important practice to incorporate into our lives.
For those of you who are interested in the topic of emotional health and self-regulation, especially as it relates to the Christian faith, I’d encourage you to attend my upcoming speaking event at Lakeside Church in Guelph, Ontario. My talk is entitled Resolving Anger: from Hurt to Healing and is open to the public. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm, and I will be speaking at 7pm on Monday, September the 28th, 2015. I hope you’ll join me and the 80 people who are already expecting to be in attendance!
A BRIEF DEFINITION
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