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The Strength to Forgive Mar 03 2012


"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." - Matthew 6:14

Have you ever noticed the presence of that little two-letter word in the Lord's prayer? It says "And forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." Did you catch that? The word "as" implies that we cannot be forgiven until we offer that same forgiveness to others. In case we miss the "as," Jesus makes it very clear in the next verse: "But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:15)

Forgiving someone who has treated you poorly, said evil things about you, even broken up your family, is a very difficult thing to do. It takes Godly intervention to truly offer forgiveness to people who have deeply wounded you. But God commands us to do so, and God would never command us to do anything that He wouldn't provide the ability to do.

Right now, pray for God to give you the strength to forgive those who have hurt you. Not only will God give you the power to do so, but He will also empower you supernaturally to love them, even though you hate what they did. Remember, bitterness is the poison we swallow, hoping the other person dies. Enjoy the release of this terrible burden by experiencing the cleansing power of forgiveness.

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Father:

I ask You to Forgive those Two...I ask You to keep them in the Manner in which You Love Them.

And I ask You to Forgive me--because My Sins Are Ever Before Me. Those days of being with them are Over Forever...Please keep them and take them Home to Your Presence Forevermore.

Please do not Punish them for their Sins...They are only But Dust.

Please keep my Little Ones and my Former In-Laws...They didn't want all of this. We all Sinned against Them.

Lord...They may not Care but I do...and I know You do.

Please, once again, release me from these Comparisons and give me the Strength to Let it all Go.
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I have learned in all of these 20 Years of Hell People?

The most Difficult Person to Release?

Is Me...

 
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Also:

"In as much 'as' you did it to one ot the least of these, you did it to me."

Jesus has a way of making his teachings very personal, doesnt' he?

 
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We need to forgive so that we are also forgiven. A person who does not forgive cannot be entrusted with Gods' power. Let us take God's word to heart and truly make it part of us.

 
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He Sure Does Grant(ster)...

I need to take some Time Off...

Time for another Walkabout. I need to take some Time Away.

My Son and Daughter called today to tell me they loved me...that was like Xmas all Over Again--Best Thing Is?

They Love Each Other...

 

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