"If we make atonement it leads to the sixth stage which is forgiveness. Many of us want forgiveness but we don’t want to go through the process that leads to it. When we say we forgive, we forgive from our lips but we have never pardoned in the heart, so the injury still remains. God is always ready to forgive us for our failures. Forgiveness means to grant pardon for or remission of an offense or sin; it is to absolve, to clear, to exonerate and to liberate. We are not liberated from the evil effect of our own sin until we can ask God for forgiveness and then forgive others. This is why in the Lord’s prayer, we say, "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." It means to cease to feel offense and resentment against another for the harm done by an offender. It means to wipe the slate clean. And that leads to the seventh stage."
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FIGHT FOR LIFE: forgiveness

Posted May 18, 2017
By Qaadir Naqib

Qaadir’ Naqib is the founder of “Fight 4 Life” NO EXCUSES, a non-profit organization that was inspired through his journey of losing weight. He became known as The Wellness Preacher. He has organized numerous events and fundraisers in cities from Pasadena, California to Phoenix, AZ.

In 2015, He was inspired to send a group of youth from his hometown to Washington D.C for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Qaadir', who co-created J.O.E 626, grew up in a single parent home in a neighborhood known for gang violence and drugs. He was able to break free from the chains of his environment and started to mentor young males with a goal of preventing them from going down the wrong path in life. In the fall of 2016, he launched a 12 week manhood training course for young men from ages 8-18.

Pardoned: excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty.
Liberate: the quality or state of being free: a: the power to do as one pleases. b: freedom from physical restraint.

The beauty in being able to truly forgive a person is that we can genuinely live our lives without the concerns of that person on our mind. By just glances at the words defined above we can bare witness to the burden of not forgiving ourselves and others. Often we speak forgiveness however we don't live forgiveness.

The scriptures teach us that we should forgive over and over again. When we have truly forgiven someone the moment we see that person or the moment we hear something about that person we will not recall whatever it is that we claim to have forgiven them for or feel any negative vibes about that person. The ability to allow a person to have a fresh start is an act of mercy.

The reason why we can't heal the black community is because we have NOT forgiven our parents, teachers, pastors, clergy, friends, community leaders, and even God. Yes; even God we have this preconceived notion that God is supposed to stop all the negative things from happening in our lives and since we have a misunderstanding of the magnificence of Almighty God we dismiss him and some of us go as far as to say he doesn't exist. This is all due to a pain that we have endured in our lives.

This process of atoning covers everything from beginning to end and if we genuinely take our time to deal with each stage properly we will heal ourselves and our community overnight.

More next issue God willing..

Your Brother and Servant
The Wellness Preacher 

So fresh and so clean