In an appearance Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas commented on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Upon hearing last week of the resignation of Benedict, who gave his last speech to an audience outside St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Jakes said that he was “astounded.” He went on to say, “I think it was shocking because we haven’t 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. I take it at face value based on what we know so far.”
Jakes’ newest book, Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, which was published last month, was also the topic of conversation on CBS This Morning. Jakes fielded viewers’ questions about dealing with forgiveness even in the most intimate of relationships.
When asked by one viewer if forgiveness meant that after having forgiven each other, the same two people can’t stand to be in the same room with each other. The viewer was talking about their parents who had been divorced for 30 years. Jakes replied, “That’s not really forgiveness. I think sometimes you have to rise to the bigger picture and see the welfare of your children and your family,” said Jakes. “There 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.”
Jakes also noted that forgiveness is an issue addressed in the Bible “over and over again.” He said, “Jesus says to forgive 70 times 70 … what he’s really saying is to perpetuate a methodology whereby you let things go so that you are free,” he said. “It’s not the literal number that he’s after, but getting in the process of releasing things so that you’re available for what’s in front of you rather than what’s behind you.”
Jakes was recently acknowledged at the BET Honors ceremony for his work. In his acceptance speech, Jakes said his destiny “is to help other people reach their destiny.” He leads the nondenominational Potter’s House that is home to 30,000 members