A 4-day devotional on the ‘Psychology of Forgiveness’. Available on doctorkanayo.com and YouVersion now!
This devotional is where ‘psychology meets scripture’ on the topic of forgiveness. Oftentimes, we passively forgive an offender, with a simple ‘I forgive you’, however, the challenge comes when you are reminded of their offence every time you see them. Or when you find it hard to get rid of that negative memory. Sometimes these recurring memories and feelings make you question whether you have really forgiven them or not.
I’m reading the ‘Psychology of Forgiveness’ devotional. Join the conversation and understand the psychological processes behind forgiveness. Check it out!
Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
Having a psychology degree provides me with a broad scope to experience many industries and fields of work. Although, my main aim is to continuously learn and also to share my knowledge and experience with others, within and beyond the constraints of the psychology community. Hence my pursuit to teach!
Hopefully, the readers of this blog will find that it is infested with a scope of psychological knowledge, with the intention of conveying psychology in such a way that it is interesting and understandable to those who aren’t studying it as a discipline. In addition, you will find that I heavily cover various topics aside of psychology such as, Christianity because I am a Christian. I draw both passions together, Psychology and Christianity, observing how they complement and sometimes clash! This blog is where ‘Psychology meets Scripture’.
As well as teaching Psychology, I know God has called me to do something far greater in this world. My passion is for His Word and to encourage others to read the Bible, fall in love with it, but most importantly…fall in love with The Author! My role of teaching is not limited to psychology. I strongly believe God is stirring up the ‘teacher’ office of the Five fold ministry in me.
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12 thoughts on “Psychology of Forgiveness – Devotional”
Loved the devotional. Thank you for sharing it.
Loved the devotional. It blew my mind! So helpful thank you.
My absolute pleasure! God Bless you xx
Just read psychology of forgiveness in You version app. Simply and beautifully written. I am a born again Christian and look forward to sharing this with others.
God bless you Suzanne, I give God all the glory. Thank you so much for sharing with your community 💛💛
I thought this devo was very good. I did have one question in regards to forgiving without the offender apologizing. I agree that Christ has paid the price and has forgiven me for my sins past and future but scripture is clear that I have to repent of my sin nature to receive salvation and I have to “confess my sins” to receive forgiveness after I am saved. Can you share with me some scriptures referencing Christ forgiving me without a confession of my sin?
That said, I know with human beings, I can’t force someone to apologize so it’s best to take it to God and forgive them.
Thank you and God bless
Thank you for completing the devotional. I am glad that you found it useful.
To answer you question, there is no scripture to my knowledge which overtly states that we are forgiven without repentance. However, the anchor scripture that I referenced in regards to this topic is ‘Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. Emphasis on ‘while we were yet sinners’. Meaning that were we sinful and in some regards we were ‘unrepentant’ Christ displayed the ultimate example of love and forgiveness by laying down his life. I hope this brings some clarity and also curiosity to sit with the Lord and ask Him to reveal more to you.
God bless you abundantly.
I agree with you. Repentance is a prerequisite for forgiveness. As Kanayo noted in her response below, while we were sinners Jesus died for us. An undeniable fact. However, everyone of us that Christ died for while we were sinners will have to repent of our sins to gain access to His sacrifice and salvation.
Furthermore, Jesus said in Luke 17:3-4, Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. Again, forgiveness has a price, it’s repentance.
Our responsibility as Christ-like individuals is to always have a forgiving heart just like our savior. Jesus Christ will never turn anyone away, however it is only those who seek Him and repent of their ways that the Messiah welcomes. The good news is that, His Heart is always open to welcome sinners like you and myself into His fold.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I pray that God of will continue to give us the wisdom, knowledge, understanding to work according to His words.
Thank you for this devotional! I found it via You Version app and have taken so many notes. I had to come find the loving mind behind it all. Thank you so much! You have taught me so much and I’m extremely thankful for your work and writing combining psychology with your Christian faith. Thank you, seems so trite. Many hugs from “across the pond”. ♥
Awww God bless you! I am so glad that you were encouraged by the devotional. It is my joy to hear how the Holy Spirit has allowed this devotional to meet the need of its readers. May the Lord continue to perfect his work in you and all of us. Major hugs from the UK! With love, Kanayo