Main idea: True conflict resolution and reconciliation is borne first in forgiveness.
Dr. Henry Cloud summarizes the power of forgiveness as a way to set boundaries that “unhook” us from hurtful people and situations, freeing us to act responsibly.
While we study everything from styles, patterns, and the very nature of conflict, true conflict resolution and restoration begins when we forgive. Jesus had a lot to say about the power and importance of forgiveness. In fact, He made it clear that we are to forgive much because we have been forgiven much.
To study conflict without considering forgiveness is to leave a dangerous gap in how we process our communicative responsibility. Forgiveness is essential, but not always easy. It is here—on the subject of forgiveness—that we shift into one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable, aspect of our conversations on conflict.