Adult Children of Alcoholics and those from dysfunctional families often struggle with forgiving the wrongs of the past. I've heard it said that "Forgiveness means giving up all hope of having a better past."
To me this means that although wrongs were done, I no longer seek revenge or hold anger about them. I am free to live without the bondage of past injustices. This frees me to forgive myself and accept forgiveness from others for my wrongdoings.
Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend discuss the healing power of Forgiveness
Grace Is the Ultimate Fertilizer
The Nature Of Forgiveness
Empathy is Ultimately about Love and Grace
Q: How do you forgive hurts that are continuously being committed? (2:55)
Q: I am an only child of two alcoholic parents, and I am now fifty-seven. My mother is still alive and continues to be emotionally abusive. Would God want me to forgive and submit to this abuse, or is it ok to cut her out of my life?
Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children