Resentment takes root in the heart cultivating anger, hate and bitterness Heb ; Eph Offenses will come into your life and cause pain. You can either hold on to the hurt until it wrecks you, your family and your life—or you can minimize the damage by responding rightly to those offenses Eph Forgiveness is essential to emotional healing.
Forgiveness is a critical spiritual principle much like the law of gravity Matt You can no more alter the law of gravity than the spiritual principle of forgiveness. If you withhold forgiving others, God withholds forgiveness of your daily sins. Matt —not forgiveness leading to salvation, but the forgiveness you seek when your sin grieves your Heavenly Father 1 Jn Forgiveness is a gift you can give because it was given to you in Jesus Christ Col Forgiveness frees you to have unfettered fellowship with your Heavenly Father.
From the series: Articles. You may have experienced at least one of these statements in your lifetime: You took advantage of me. The Healing Process Emotional hurt is trauma to the heart.
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Reactionary The body reacts to trauma with an inflammatory process to destroy harmful substances entering the body. Reparative Just as the body forms a scab a protective layer to prevent infection, the heart—by thinking biblically about God, yourself, and the offender—builds and cultivates a shield of protection against a sinful response to an offense Phil ; 2 Cor Regeneration The body replaces damaged tissue with healthy tissue. The camera pans, showing the men awkwardly sitting in a chapel, faces downturned, while Jenny stands in front of them and declares that she has forgiven them for killing her mother.
Jenny is a Catholic, and has told her story to the nation. In a television interview on Caracol Internacional television, Jenny states that her path to forgiveness came from a dream in which her mother appeared, and told Jenny she must forgive the man who killed her. Jenny then spoke with her priest, who told her that the dream was truth, and she could only be healed through forgiveness. Jenny, the Titan of Gestures of Reconciliation, became a hero through her practice of forgiveness.
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The act of confession began as a sacrament of penance in the early Christian church. Scholarship on contemporary Colombia, and Colombian scholarship itself, is undecided on whether Colombia can be determined as entirely Western, or modern, within the genealogical lineage of the European academy. The ambiguity notwithstanding, and in consideration of the limited scope of this article, I consider the confession within the Christian, Western tradition, and in so doing, accepting the Foucauldian critique as imperfect yet appropriate.
This was not done by corporal punishment or physical containment: rather, Western modernity mobilized the confessional tradition as a defining practice of internalized processes of redemption. In Catholic Christian tradition the confessor is most often a priest, but in the Protestant tradition the confessant may be a pastor, or the person sinned against. For Foucault, confession was the act of penance practiced by both clergy and laity that led to the concentration of clerical power and ultimately translated into disciplinary practices of Western institutional power; see Talal Asad Confession was thus transformed from a practice of faith into a practice of modern governmentality.
The confession was always regarded as complete, and thereby atonement was scripted in the extended power of the institutional confessor. However, in the Colombian case, the confession was never complete. Pastor Miguel had access to only partial truths—Miguel's Christian personhood rested on his capacity to forgive. In Colombia, confirming faith through the practice of forgiving unfolded within the power relationship of state and victim, because the versiones libres from paramilitary leaders never revealed the full truth of the state's involvement in massive displacements and disappearances.
Memories conflicted, because history was told in incomplete spurts of revelation. As has long been assumed of confession in modernity, it is charged with repentance and an examination of the self. In Colombia, this was not always the case.
Most often, these perpetrators of crimes against humanity justified and explained their actions, rather than analyzing themselves in the production of their own personhood, and they certainly confirmed only partial truths Payne The effects on the victims were devastating. Even more so when paramilitary masterminds, such as Salvatore Mancuso, tearfully begged for forgiveness in his speech to the press and the public at the formal disarmament ceremony of the Justice and Peace process in Today, I am born again as friend and compatriot.
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The truth set them free, so to speak—at least from their moral and legal obligations in Colombia. With this, paramilitaries came forward to confess parts of their crimes and, more often than not, they explained rather than repented. With an underproblematized focus on the confessant, anthropological analysis of the confession has almost entirely sidestepped the work that confession does in relation to the persons implied in confessions of crimes committed against them. Often those who sit in the gallery of a courtroom, or who receive the transcript of a perpetrator's confession through their lawyers, find themselves caught between competing narratives of traumatic events.
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In this context, it may be the case that those who hear the confession about what happened to them are left with only their faith to help them move forward. There is a displacement of power from dominant institutions to marginalized actors in society, yet an overwhelming association between forgiveness and freedom dominates Christian parlance: In The Human Condition , Hannah Arendt notably marks the practice of forgiveness as a particularly Christian rite and, this article adds, a disciplining technology.
Indeed, in many cases of truth and reconciliation processes, perpetrators are unequal protagonists in their telling of the past. Payne Perpetrators often occupy spaces of power that render victims as secondary to their confessional narratives, as the example of Salvatore Mancuso illustrates. These are technologies of production, sign systems, power, and the self. In the Colombian case, the versiones libres were shot through with the images and rhetoric of the victim as confessor, and with expectations of reconciliation and forgiveness upon delivery of these broken confessions. In the context of the current peace process with the guerrilla group FARC, forgiveness continues to be an exhortation to victims.
A survey revealed that over 80 percent of Colombians believe that forgiveness is necessary for peace to succeed El Tiempo The workbook that accompanies the text is designed to be used in small groups in parishes across the country, and begins with a workshop on forgiveness.
That is why it is the first theme in our book, Artesanos. The memory of victims needs to be purified, and this purifies the soul. Forgiveness is the key to this purity. The rhetorical power of the confessor has shifted from institutional authority toward a fragile power bestowed upon the victim: the power is that of forgiving. The victim, caught between the limits of penal justice and the petition for forgiveness from the confessant, is disciplined through the Christian expectation to forgive.
The responsibility of forgiveness rests squarely on the shoulders of the victim: being a good victim means forgiving. In the first volume of A History of Sexuality Foucault places the confession at the center of disciplinary power Tell However, in the Colombian case, the performance of the primary material, in academic study and popular culture, generated a new shift in disciplinary power, from disciplining the confessant to disciplining the victim.
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In other words, confession in Colombia retained its identity as the sine qua non of modern power, not because of its discipline of the confessant, but because of its discipline of the victim. For Arendt, forgiveness is one of two entirely human faculties the other is promising that provide a remedy for the consequences of political action. Forgiveness, for Arendt, requires the other, whereas confession is precisely, according to Foucault, within the logic of playing a role before one's self—the Western disciplining of the self, and the creation of the subject.
The confession in the Colombian case was very much a public affair, commented on and examined by the general population. Despite many of the versiones libres occurring behind closed doors, snippets of revelations and legal analysis abounded in newspapers and the evening news, in coffee shop conversations, and at church lunches. Forgiving, on the other hand, became a personalized and private act. I forgive, therefore I am a victim. Arendt contends that the shift from the Roman ethos to the Christianized understanding of the person also pushed political activity out of the public sphere toward the personalized realm of individual life.
Although Foucault's emphasis is on the confession as an ultimately Christian and disciplining practice, the assumption of a fully revealed truth, and a complete confession as foundational to the technology of the self, omits the Other in a way that forgiveness cannot. Foucault's contention that the confessant is the only subject being acted upon closes off the analysis of power that is broken open through a consideration of Arendt's political faculty in a modality of forgiveness that is entirely personal yet completely political.
What both the Colombian case and Arendt's short treatise on forgiveness demonstrate is that the confession is trumped by the capacity to forgive in the Christian work of the self. Pastor Miguel had just returned to his small, evangelical community from whence he had fled following death threats from a paramilitary commander; this was the first interview I was able to conduct with him in his home that year.
The other interviews had taken place in different towns and venues along the Magdalena Medio River, as Miguel tried to fade out of public view while the paramilitaries roamed the area with orders to kill him on sight. If I have wronged you, or if I have had sinful thoughts against you, I must tell you … I have thought this, that, and the other thing against you.
And you didn't know it, right? As pastor and community leader, Miguel had been leading a legal battle for land titles for the members of his small community.
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The local paramilitary leader claimed the land was his, and wanted it for transporting drugs and weapons, as well as cultivating coca and African palm. Miguel had received numerous threats over the years, but the last one was serious enough to send him into exile again, with his wife and daughters. It was the second time Miguel and his family had been forced to leave, and he had just finished telling me about the fear, the posttraumatic stress, and anxiety he was struggling with.
However, he assured me, he was forgiving and thereby assuming the power of faith to heal him; his ongoing confession of faith was forgiveness. Skip to main content. Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab. Add to Watchlist. People who viewed this item also viewed. Picture Information.
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