Tuesday, February 17, 2009

To forgive...

To forgive
is to
set a prisoner free
the prisoner was

- Excerpt from God's Little Instruction Book

So Joe hurt your feelings or made you angry. You can't get over your grudge against him...for Pete's sake, he hasn't even apologized. Well...I suggest that perhaps you should try forgiving him regardless, seeing and accepting him as the imperfect human that he is. I'm sure you've made a few mistakes too...said some things you shouldn't have said, reacted in ways that were a bit overboard, neglected to show God's love for someone when you know you really should have. We all make mistakes. We all hurt others. And yet God loves us all the same. And forgives us. No matter what we do. If He's forgiven you, shouldn't you forgive others? I bet if you forgive Joe, a HUGE weight will be lifted off your shoulders. To carry around resentment and anger toward someone is a heavy burden. But if you forgive Joe and turn the burden over to Jesus, letting Him deal with what Joe has done, the weight will be gone. You'll feel light as a feather. Like a prisoner set free.

...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...
- Romans 3:23

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- Ephesians 4:32

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