Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Setting People Free

Sometimes we have situations in our lives were we must set someone free. It is our nature to want to control things. We tend to control people, too, when we leave them feeling guilty when it lies within our power to emancipate them. How do we free them?

*Forgive that person totally by refusing to tell everyone what we know.
*Keep the person from feeling intimidated. Keep reaching out to them.
*Enable the person to forgive themselves.
*Let the person save face.

Allow them a sense of self-esteem, a sense of dignity and self-worth. When Prime Minister Joseph of Egypt looked at his eleven scared brothers and said, "It was not you who sent me here, but God," he was letting each of them save face. (Gen 45:8)

Philemon said,"If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me." - another person set free.

(Photo by Bill; thoughts from The Sensitivity of the Spirit)


Gilly said...

We must allow others to make their own choices, and then to be responsible for those choices.

We must not try to control them, to make them choose our choices.

We must not feel guilty when we are not concerned in those choices.

Are we, as mothers, more guilty of these things than others?

Montanagirl said...

Stunning photo of the Mallard, and I really like your post today. Where do you come up with these wonderful tidbits of knowledge to impart to us on a daily basis? Love your blog.

Elizabethartgirl said...

This is gooood! Pray you are having a blessed day! Can't wait to see you again soon.

Tina ♥ said...

Great post, and so very true.

Lois said...

Good words, but so hard to let some go. Can't wait to see ya.