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Jesus Taught Forgiveness

Are you struggling to forgive one who has harmed you? Has your inability to forgive turned to bitterness and is eating away at the center of your life? Or maybe you have learned how to forgive? No doubt many are somewhere between revenge and true forgiveness; if so, trust these comments will be helpful. After Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He gave the Model Prayer. In this prayer were these words, “And forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I suspect this part of Jesus’ model prayer caused the disciples to feel somewhat uncomfortable because they were not perfect and especially Peter; once he asked Jesus: “How many …

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The Holy Spirit Helps Us Forgive

Forgiveness does not come naturally as mentioned already. The natural impulse is to get even or bear a grudge against one who has intentionally or unintentionally offended us. And I might add here that many individuals wear a chip on their shoulders and take offense when no offense was intended.Such individuals usually suffer from poor self images and it takes little to further damage their images. On the other hand there are those who appear to boost their own pride by hurting others. For example the school bully and leaders of gangs. In between are those who unintentionally hurt another, but in each case …

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Forgiveness Brings Healing

    If you have suffered a harmful offense by another and finally forgave that person, you are experiencing a sense of healing in your life. Usually such a wound inflicted does not heal overnight, but we should begin by praying for the offender and asking God to bless him or her. I must remember that my offense probably was not intentional: if harsh words were spoken that caused my hurt; perhaps they were spoken in haste, or that one was dealing with his or her own problems. If my hurt was feeling rejected by not being included in some activity, reminding myself there was a reason I …

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Spending Time Alone

“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself” (Lam. 3: 28–29 The Message) I was hurt and felt sorry for myself. How could she say those mean thing about me? Were they true? Weren’t we friends? Yet she was devaluing our friendship for some reason. Should I lash back at her unkind words and defend myself? Instead, I retreated to a place where I could pray about her comments. I knew I shouldn’t say anything to anyone while angry, especially the one who had attacked my character and integrity. In the solitude, a still, small voice whispered, “Forgive.” …

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No Regrets

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” …

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Faith and Forgiveness

      Genesis 50: 15-20 “And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, “Joseph will perhaps hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.” 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, “Thy father did command before he died, saying,17 ‘So shall ye say unto Joseph, “Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren and their sin, for they did unto thee evil.”’ And now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke unto …

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Snap Judgements

How many of us have made snap judgements? Whenever you see someone on the side of the road with a sign and you think… I hope they don’t come up to me. I don’t want to give them money cause I don’t know what they will use it for. Or you judge someone by what they have or don’t have or the way they look? I have done that more times than I can count. I feel sometimes we get so comfortable in our churches that we don’t want to have our apple cart upset and therefore, don’t reach out …

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Beauty Out of Ashes

    John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he laready had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?’   I grew up in a Christian home and was very secure in the love my parents and family had for me. I accepted Christ as my Savior at 15 years old although I did not grow in my relationship for many years because I thought I knew much more than I really did, especially since my Daddy was a pastor and I had been going …

Forgive Us…As We Forgive

  Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.” [Matthew 6:12] FORGIVE US THE WRONGS WE HAVE DONE Jesus taught us to pray, “Father…forgive us the wrongs we have done.” As we reflect on the petition for forgiveness, we must consider what Jesus meant by “the wrongs we have done.” The best way to do that is to review the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). But let’s look at one example: Jesus’ teaching on anger (Matthew 5:21-22). “You have heard that people were told in the past, ‘Do not …

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Pursue Forgiveness

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Dear Younger Me

“If I knew then what I know now…” These wishful words are usually spoken in regret of something we should have done differently. However, we aren’t born with instant knowledge and wisdom. There are those rare people who will heed the advice of someone who has already been down the road. But most of us are experiential learners. We read about someone’s problem and their solution, all the while believing we will obtain different results. Usually, we experience the same failures and pain. We must attend the school of life where experience is the greatest teacher. Looking Forward—No Regrets Mercy …