In life, good intent can do well enough… but it’s not until we deeply connect with others that true change really takes place.
(Goff illustrates this point by telling a story of a Ugandan criminal he worked with who experienced stunning and transforming forgiveness, and the powerful changes that resulted.)
Forgiveness – the saying here would apply that “it takes two to tango”. On the one side, RELEASE: a letting go of your right to avenge, a letting go of the entangling cords that bind you when you’ve are wronged. On the other side, RECEIVE: firstly, acknowledging that you have done wrong, and that you need forgiveness, and secondly, that someone else has the power to forgive (or not forgive) you.
Nothing can stand in the way of God’s love for us (as Romans 8:38-39 so vividly puts it) – His love and forgiveness are ultimate and complete. We’re asked, challenged, even required to live our lives in this same way.
Put others first. Receive forgiveness; be a forgiver! Pursue these, and experience true and lasting change in your life and in the world.
Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 6.