Forgiveness Model

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Summary

Magnuson and Enright article “The Church as a Forgiving Community: An Initial Model characterizes how forgiveness portrays a major impact in the lives of families, community, and churches all over the universe. The role of forgiveness can be demonstrated by showing compassion to anyone who has acted unfairly. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4: 32 that we ought to forgive each other, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven us.
In this article, Magnuson and Enright (2008) presented two unique models in order to show how the forgiver moves through four different stages during the process of forgiveness. The models are Enright’s Process Model and Worthington’s REACH Models. The four phases uncover anger (acknowledging the pain
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They would say “one should always forgive others regardless of how many times one may ask for forgiveness. In Matthew 18: 21-22 it states “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”Jesus answered, I tell you, not seven times, but seventy- seven times” I used to find that statement very hard to do until I found out within myself that Christ always forgave me whenever I go to him and ask from the sincerity of my heart, therefore, I should forgive others as Christ has forgiven me. Forgiveness really does not mean one has to forget about a particular situation, it is a way of releasing oneself from the hurt and pain that has occurred in one’s life. I can relate to the topic of forgiveness because of a situation which transpired in my life approximately thirty years ago. Initially I had to forgive several people that caused harm to my family and me for a period of time. Eventually two of them came to me after several years went by and begged for my forgiveness. It was hard at first, but eventually I had to do it because if I didn’t I would not have been able to live the life in which Christ spoke about in the word of …show more content…
My clients are a husband and wife that are on the verge of ending their twenty years marriage relationship. The couple has two small children who are victims of the husband admitted to his wife that he had been unfaithful for the last twenty years. The wife states, she cannot bear to look at or forgive him for having an affair. The wife and husband currently suffer with extreme anger, hypertension including an irregular heart rhythm. The first thing I would do in applying what I have read in this article is to instruct my client to reveal the anger that is bottled up inside which is one of the first phases in Enright’s and Worthington’s REACH Models. In order for healing of forgiveness to take place, one has to be able to forgive oneself first in order to forgive the other person. Wade and Worthington’s model demonstrates empathy or simply displaying how another person

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