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Encounter Wednesday: Exploring Forgiveness

There are many times in life when we need to come to terms and make amends with our past.

This process is called forgiveness.

This is difficult no matter the situation. Forgiveness isn’t only about others, but also your personal spiritual growth. People who are unable to forgive hold a bitterness in their heart that only affects themselves.

There are people in our lives who we don’t like because of something they have done to either hurt or upset us and, no matter how much pain was afflicted, we must still forgive them. Matthew 6: 14-15 says; “For if you forgive me when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Showing forgiveness can be the hardest thing to do depending on the situation. In most cases, you want the person to feel the same pain you have felt, but what satisfaction do you get from doing so? The Lord tells us to forgive those who have done us wrong, because we are sinners, we should forgive others.

Forgiving someone doesn’t necessarily involve your emotions, it’s a decision, and it’s a hard one too. Being betrayed or hurt by someone close to you can make it most difficult to forgive. The ability to forgive, gives us a sense of freedom and makes us suffer less.

Forgiveness helps us feel light and helps us get rid of hard feelings that occupy our mind and heart.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

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