Minister Geil Heil learned to heal from trauma in his life and provides secrets to forgiveness. “You can learn to forgive,” says Heil. In his book God Loves Messed Up People, Heil discusses the importance of learning to forgive. Here are three secrets to forgiveness that can help you move forward in life.
Secret 1 Love Yourself
When you learn to love yourself, you want the best for yourself. In order to have the best, you learn to put aside everything that makes you feel bad. It’s a process that takes practice, but each day you put bad thoughts and feelings aside, you take one step toward loving yourself. You mentally begin to recognize bad thoughts and dismiss them. Think positive about yourself and watch how negative thoughts get smaller.
Secret 2 Understand that Hurt People, Hurt People
Often people that are hurt, end up hurting others. It doesn’t make it easier to forgive them but it does give you an opportunity to put your pain in a different perspective. A shift in perspective can develop empathy and help you to forgive. As you release them you open a door to personal healing.
Secret 3 Unconditional Forgiveness brings Freedom
When we don’t forgive others the wound stays open and we find ourselves rehearsing the pain over and over again. “It took years for me to put aside the pain,” says Heil. “But when I allowed myself to release the situation through forgiveness, things changed. I didn’t want to be angry or hurt anymore.” forgiveness is a decision that can bring freedom. It releases you to move on.
The Resurrection of Jesus was the most important event in the history of the world. When the Lord appeared in the ‘Upper Room’ to the apostles pointing out His wounds, it was to demonstrate He was the Crucified Christ, and to show He had resurrected from the dead. The final proof that He was God. He then bestowed on the apostles the power to forgive sins, which was in effect Divine Mercy coming into the world.
It was the beginning of the Church on earth. In 1931 He appeared as the same image in another room, this time the room of a young nun, again showing His wounds, emphasising the power of those wounds as rays from a font of reconciliation and renewal, rays of love and mercy. This was Divine Mercy, His victory on the Cross, His resurrection, coming into to a very sinful world once again. A world that was about to plunge man into the depths of depravity in a horrific world war.
He asked her to teach the world again of why he died on the Cross to give sinners another chance of obtaining God’s Divine Mercy, and pardon their sins if they returned to living by God’s commandments. He was also reminding man that His death on the Cross, Divine Mercy was for all mankind (And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, these I have to lead as well. They too will hear My voice, and then there will be one flock and one Shepherd. John 10:11 – 18)
The commandments of God are built into every human born, in the form of a conscience that was given them at birth, it is the spirit of God within them, if you deny your conscience, you deny God.
The image that appeared to the apostles was the resurrected Christ. The Resurrection was the start of the Christian Church. The image that appeared to Saint Faustina was the same image that started the Christian Church. His appearance to Saint Faustina as the same image was to renew the Church, to renew belief in the Cross, in the Resurrection, in mans salvation.
In the beginning he said “I have not come to call the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance”. (Luke 5:32) For the same reason He appeared again on earth to Saint Faustina, to save sinners from eternal damnation. His message of Divine Mercy is a warning to mankind to exercise their conscience, come back to God and live by the Commandments.
Who are the sinners? – sinners are those who offend human nature, God’s creation, and the dignity of man.