I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds. I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 13:20-21
As I think about the different loving ways and philosophies that can help to set us free, I also think of one that is used often in Recovery and that is the twelve steps, especially steps five through seven. In step five, a person tells a trusted friend about all of their resentments; in step six the person becomes ready to let them go, and in step seven, the person finally releases their resentments to their Higher Power. This is an extremely freeing act, because resentments keep us in bondage. We ruminate about how we were done wrong, about how we cannot possibly forgive another and all of this takes away our peace and serenity. Forgiveness sets us free and once we are freed, then we can more fully experience and know Godde's Love.