Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potterâs House in Dallas, Texas, appeared on âCBS This Morningâ Tuesday to answer viewersâ questions on forgiveness, but he also commented on the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy.
Jakes said he was âastoundedâ when he learned last week that Pope Benedict XVI would be retiring just eight years after succeeding the deceased Pope John Paul II, making the 85-year-old the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years of the Roman Catholic Churchâs history.
âI think it was shocking because we havenât seen it for 600 years or so, but it is indicative of the times we live, that people are doing things in new ways and new capacities,â said Jakes. âI take it at face value based on what we know so far.â
The Potterâs House pastorâs discussion with âCBS This Morningâ hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah OâDonnell eventually shifted to the subject of Jakesâ newest book, Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, which was published last month. The megachurch pastor and author fielded viewersâ questions about dealing with forgiveness even in the most intimate of relationships.
One viewer asked if forgiveness means to completely cut someone out of your life, after sharing that his or her parents have been divorced for 30 years and, despite having forgiven each other, canât stand to be in the same room with each other, not even for the sake of their children and grandchildren.
âThatâs not really forgiveness. I think sometimes you have to rise to the bigger picture and see the welfare of your children and your family,â said Jakes. âThere are some couples that go through a divorce and get along better after divorce than they do before. That is when you prioritize the whole idea of family and children above the individual circumstances that led to the divorce.â
Jakes was also asked to comment on dealing with individuals one may have forgiven, but who refuse to do likewise.
âA lot of times people think that forgiveness is based on the other person. It really is not. This is totally about you. It does not exonerate the perpetrator, it doesnât restore the relationship. It just says âIâm not going to carry the burden of this unforgiveness inside of me, and it has nothing to do with whether you reciprocate it or not.â This is about liberating yourself,â the minister explained.
Jakes noted that forgiveness is an issue addressed in the Bible âover and over again.â
â[Jesus] says to forgive 70 times 70 âŚ what heâs really saying is to perpetuate a methodology whereby you let things go so that you are free,â he said. âItâs not the literal number that heâs after, but getting in the process of releasing things so that youâre available for whatâs in front of you rather than whatâs behind you.â
The Potterâs House founder, who is also a film producer, was recently acknowledged at the BET Honors ceremony for his work. In his acceptance speech, Jakes said his destiny âis to help other people reach their destiny.â He leads the nondenominational Potterâs House that is home to 30,000 members.
Watch Bishop T.D. Jakesâ interview on âCBS This Morningâ:
Source:Â Christian Post