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1 The Relevance of Forgiveness to Nurses and Nursing

2 How does Forgiveness have Relevance to Nurses and to Nursing? JUST THINK NURSE

3 True forgiveness stems directly from God’s love and compassion God’s love and compassion for all people struggling under the burden of sin – personal and family professional and national. FORGIVENESS

4 In teaching the principles of prayer Jesus identifies forgiveness as a basic essential in prayer for life In teaching the principles of prayer Jesus identifies forgiveness as a basic essential in prayer for life “Forgive us our debts As we forgive our debtors” For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you.” Mathew 6:12,14,15 FORGIVENESS Is more than saying ‘sorry’

5 Passing the buck, bullying, vindictive behaviour the ghastly expression ‘Nurses eating their own children’ indicates a growing tendency for Nurses to blame other Nurses. Passing the buck, bullying, vindictive behaviour the ghastly expression ‘Nurses eating their own children’ indicates a growing tendency for Nurses to blame other Nurses. Forgiveness alone can halt the cycle of blame and pain. The Blame game in Nursing

6 Many major religions have calculated with mathematical precision how long it may take for one person to work out his own justice. (some by more than 6 million rebirths) Many major religions have calculated with mathematical precision how long it may take for one person to work out his own justice. (some by more than 6 million rebirths) Jesus was asked Jesus was asked “Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seventy times? and I forgive him? Up to seventy times? Jesus replied Jesus replied “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy-times seven. Mathew 18:21-22 Forgiveness and Fairness !

7 Jesus looks at every Nurse and says “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” but with God all things are possible.” Mathew 19:26 Response? Impossible…

8 Forgiveness is not easy. It does not answer all our questions in relation to blame and fairness. BUT it does enable Nurses to overcome and begin afresh to develop healthy relationships. The Nurse who consciously repents and forgives actively creates a healthy work environment in which the grace of God is allowed to flourish. Relevance for Nurses

9 A Nurse may forgive someone who has wronged him/her but still insist on a just punishment. The LORD said “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 Jesus seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven.” “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven.” Mathew 9:2 Mathew 9:2 Forgiveness is not Pardon

10 By genuinely forgiving, the Nurse can loosen the stranglehold of guilt in her or himself. This is the second great power of forgiveness of enormous benefit for each Nurse. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 Forgiveness and the Nurse

11 “Therefore, as the elect of God (chosen by God to care for the sick) holy and beloved...bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone have a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:12,13 Action by Nurses in Nursing

12 Forgiveness is the only known practical and powerful weapon that breaks the cycle of blame and loosens the stranglehold of guilt. Wrong Removed Burden Reconciliation Forgiveness Forgiveness – Undeserved - Unearned

13 Genuine, timely regret opens the heart and way to forgiveness. Forgiveness cannot be earned or paid for. To truly forgive, the forgiver has to, first of all, ask and receive forgiveness from the only One who can forgive sins - Jesus Christ. The whole process of forgiveness will now become a realistic possibility that leads to peace. Regret will not help if it is too late

14 When a Nurse repents in his/her heart, and asks for forgiveness in order to first have a right relationship with God. Which is a pre requisite to being able to have a willing heart to take the difficult and humbling step of going to the Nurse or person concerned to offer with grace, forgiveness in faith. Forgiveness is a deliberate ‘Act of Will’

15 Irrespective of how the forgiven one receives the forgiveness, the Nurse who has sincerely offered forgiveness, will find...increasing spiritual maturity, that brings with it more grace and opportunity to be a healing balm, in the many personal and professional areas of responsibility in which he/she is engaged. Relevance to the Nurse

16 Jesus said to the woman and the man and says to all Nurses “Your faith has saved you, go in peace.” Luke 7:50 “So when He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man your sins are forgiven.”. Luke 5:20 Assurance for Nurse

17 “When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier to say...” “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” Luke 5:22 Nurses may Doubt

18 Knowledge Gained Faith Faith & Knowledge Strengthened Faith used Grows Faith in Action needs Knowledge and Wisdom

19 “Christ the Power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24 All Nurses may speak with “...The wisdom of God...the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory...But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit who searches all things, yes the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:7,10 Source of Wisdom and Knowledge for Nurses

20 “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the LORD will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous Nurse avails much.” James 5:15,16 Relevance of Prayers by Nurses

21 The grace and willingness to love when situations demand revenge is a constant challenge. BUT When put into practice, irrespective of feelings and all ‘other factors’, is a proven positive that enables one to courageously, firmly, but with courtesy, love as Jesus taught and demonstrated. NB As have people like Florence Nightingale, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King plus many others have done, to impact the world for good. NB As have people like Florence Nightingale, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King plus many others have done, to impact the world for good. Relevance of Active Faith in Nursing

22 Faith in God can never be only personal and private. First of all it is both personal and private as the individual comes to grips with his/her faith. But then faith has to be lived to become a reality in life. A Nurse’s life is people, 24 hours a day. Therefore, to attempt to separate faith into a compartment makes a mockery of faith and is hypocrisy at its best. Faith in God

23 Unless it is founded on and grounded in religion. A strong, deeply felt and spiritually experienced faith. Our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ the Son offers every Nurse forgiveness to forgive, and to build with purpose and integrity, on a rich heritage. Nurses through faith-in-God-Centred- Nursing help to inform, guide and encourage the world into true justice and righteousness by and with grace. Our Nursing Profession makes no Sense

24 Given that forgiveness can only be received and grow out of faith in a living God Then, it is inevitable that in a culture of disbelief, forgiveness cannot develop let alone flourish. Cowardice comes in many different garbs to make the Nurse look good but the end result is evident In Nursing. ‘The evidence of faith is seen in the deeds of each Nurse and in Nursing as a whole’. Culture of Disbelief in Nursing

25 Christmas = the birth of Christ that brought grace, mercy and forgiveness to all people. Man, (the world) has thrown Christ out of Christmas reducing it to a shell of commercial activity. reducing it to a shell of commercial activity. Are Nurses in the process of throwing God and Christ out of Nursing, and replacing them with the emptiness of man-made religions? “Jesus Christ came that all Nurses may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 Christmas and Nursing !

26 Of Grievances in this world there is no end. Of Grievances in this world there is no end. ‘The only remedy for the inevitability of history is forgiveness; otherwise, we remain trapped in the “predicament of irreversibility.” ‘The only remedy for the inevitability of history is forgiveness; otherwise, we remain trapped in the “predicament of irreversibility.” Imperial Power and racial / tribal hate

27 An Immigrant Rabbi who said An Immigrant Rabbi who said ‘Before coming to America, I had to forgive Adolf Hitler, I did not want to bring Hitler inside me to my new country.’ ‘Before coming to America, I had to forgive Adolf Hitler, I did not want to bring Hitler inside me to my new country.’ What has each Nurse brought to New Zealand from the land of his/her birth that is quietly but insidiously eating into the very core of life in New Zealand (or other land), and into Nursing in particular? What has each Nurse brought to New Zealand from the land of his/her birth that is quietly but insidiously eating into the very core of life in New Zealand (or other land), and into Nursing in particular? Nurses learn from an Immigrate Rabbi

28 Ethnic cleansing is sadly an historical fact in every nation of the world NZ included. Ethnic cleansing is sadly an historical fact in every nation of the world NZ included. The negative effects of this heinous crime are significant factors in our relationship with each other and our relationships within multicultural groups even Nursing. The negative effects of this heinous crime are significant factors in our relationship with each other and our relationships within multicultural groups even Nursing. Submerged beneath the surface ready to erupt like a silent volcano. Submerged beneath the surface ready to erupt like a silent volcano. Ethnic Cleansing

29 Each Nurses consciously asks God to teach him/her to love Him with ‘all my heart, all my soul, and with all my mind.’ Each Nurses consciously asks God to teach him/her to love Him with ‘all my heart, all my soul, and with all my mind.’Then Each Nurse will be able to love and forgive as Christ loves and forgives him/her. Each Nurse will be able to love and forgive as Christ loves and forgives him/her. When

30 In the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew Chapters 5-7) Jesus teaches very clearly two ways of life. May each Nurse resolve to ‘Build his/her house as the wise man did’ ‘Build his/her house as the wise man did’ ‘Choose the way that leads to life.’ ‘Choose the way that leads to life.’ ‘Recognise true and false teaching’. ‘Recognise true and false teaching’. ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness’ ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness’ ‘Lay up treasures...where neither moth nor rust ‘Lay up treasures...where neither moth nor rust destroys and thieves cannot break in and steal’. destroys and thieves cannot break in and steal’. Two ways of Life Forgiveness is found only in One

31 Is waiting to forgive Cleanse & heal each Nurse & Nursing GOD CREATOR JESUS CHRIST Loves and is waiting for Nurses to COME to Him through His Son


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