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FORGIVE AND YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN

I have often written about forgiveness. I would argue that with all the growth that many of us have had, the one difficult area for many is forgiveness. I have on my desk a valued and appreciated book I am reading titled, The Gift of Forgiveness. It is about people who have experienced the blessed gift of forgiveness. If you want to be forgiven, you must forgive. All of us need God’s forgiveness of our past and present. We need His forgiveness every day for the things we say, think and do. Before you read any further in this devotion, make the commitment today, to forgive someone. Do not let another day pass that you remain hard-hearted and unable to forgive. Luke 6:37 is our scriptural reference today.

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”

In this passage we see the danger of judgment and the need to forgive others that we might be forgiven. We see the need to love your enemies and to do good to them. That is powerful. We need to forgive our enemies and then expect nothing in return. The Master’s teachings are radical, deep and profound. How can we love our enemies if we cannot forgive them? Not only are we recipients of God’s forgiveness when we forgive others, we are set free of the pain we endured when we carried bitterness and anger. Forgiving others frees us from the invisible chains that hold us. It is a blessing to let go and let God. I might add, forgive yourself and know that God has forgiven you. Consequently, you can forgive someone else. I cannot say it enough. Forgive and receive God’s mercy. Before I end, I want to remind you that forgiveness is not hard when you do it with the love of God. Forgiveness cannot be done in the flesh. God will give you the strength to forgive. Remember, you have been forgiven. Forgive someone else.