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Forgive to be Forgiven

"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." ( Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)

This isn't the first time, and it won't be the last time that forgiveness is mentioned in Scripture and, thus, on this blog. I don't know about you, but this is very serious to me. And it is one of the most outstanding Scriptures in the Holy Bible. The moment I read this, all unforgiveness I had towards others was gone. No more vindictive thoughts. No more getting under my skin. I was just over it. The Holy Spirit just washed away the unforgiveness. Mercy and Grace moved into that spot. I've never felt anything so freeing my entire life, and I have never been unforgiving again. And I've grown in my Walk to be able to ask God to forgive those people too. They may not have a Walk with Christ or have the Christ-like maturity to ask for forgiveness for themselves. So, I ask for them - just in case. We have reached God's will when we can do that for others who have hurt us.

Forgive others and move on

We need God's forgiveness in order to get into Heaven. And it plainly states in this passage that we will not be forgiven unless we forgive others. Please, read this over and over until it sinks in. Let the Holy Spirit work this miracle of forgiveness in you. 

Sometimes, we will still get aggravated or angry. But these 2 verses will help us get over the aggravation or anger more quickly. We should focus on forgiveness and not the worldly action or thing that annoys us. However, as I've mentioned many times before, forgiving doesn't mean that we give someone permission to continuously harm us or bludgeon us with hurtful words. We may also have to let go of hurtful people along with giving them our forgiveness. I hope that makes sense.

Blessings in Christ,



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