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Forgiving Others

You can be freed from bitterness!

 

One of the most powerful words in the English language is the word “forgive.” In order to grasp its meaning, it’s helpful to focus on the second part of the word, “give.”

To forgive means to give another person a release from the wrong that he or she did to you. It means giving up your right of retaliation. As a friend of mine once put it, forgiving means“giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.”

I find many powerful truths in the cartoon strip, “TheWizard of Id.” This strip was created in 1964 by Brant Parkerand Jay Hart and has won numerous awards. Id is a run•down and depressed little kingdom in medieval times. The ruler is a dwarfish little fellow known only as “King,” though he is always called “Sire” by his subjects and his court.

One day the king is bemoaning all the bad things that people are saying about him. He is bitter and tells Rodney, his chief knight, that he can never forgive these people.

Rodney offers some wise advice: “Sire, perhaps you should go to church.” So the king and Rodney go to The Church of the Kingdom. But to the king’s dismay, he spots a huge sign outside of the church announcing the sermon for that day, “Why You Must Forgive!”

The king’s reaction is priceless. He turns to Rodney and asks: “What do you suppose is playing at the Methodist Church?”

Nobody ever said that forgiveness was easy! Forgiving is hard work. Yet we know that it is healthier to forgive than to continue harboring bitterness and resentment. When we refuse to forgive, we’re putting ourselves in a prison of sorts. It’s like we’re drinking a poisonous potion that eat away at our insides.

Yesterday’s chapter talked about the importance of accepting God’s forgiveness and forgiving ourselves. But we can’t stop there. Once we’re forgiven and free, we’re able to reach out and release the person who wronged us. Forgiveness is always within our power. Forgiving is a choice.

You’ll find that you’ll be the healthier for it—spiritually, emotionally and even physically.

My Action Step

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says that in order to be forgiven, we must be willing to forgive! Are you? Think of a person right now you can release from the wrong they did to you. Forgive them today!

God’s Encouraging Word

“If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14•15, Contemporary English Version

Prayer (or just pray what’s on your heart)

Heavenly Father, when I feel I have been wronged or hurt by someone, the pain and anger in my heart is difficult to forget. Only you, Lord, can help me to release my hurtful feelings, and I ask that you help me to forgive others for any wrongs I feel have been inflicted on me. I ask this in the name of your Son, who showed us what forgiveness is. Amen.

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
Sample Chapters

Introduction
Forgiving Yourself
Forgiving Others
God Don't Make No Junk!
Dealing with Loneliness
Hold on to your Dreams
Changing Directions
Not Defeated, Victory!
God Loves You

Book Topics

Forgiveness
Day 1 - God Can’t Remember
Day 2 - Forgiving Others
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 27 - Forgive Yourself

Overcoming Personal Problems
Day 3 - Dealing with Loneliness
Day 4 - Hold Onto Your Dreams!
Day 11 - "Not my Fault"
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 15 - How to Win Over Worry
Day 16 - “Irregular” People
Day 17 - Peace of Mind
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 20 - Patience
Day 21 - Encouragement
Day 22 - Learning How to Deal with Hurt
Day 26 - Two Kinds of Fear

A Better Future
Day 4 - Hold on to your Dreams
Day 5 - God Don’t Make No Junk
Day 6 - Messing Up Doesn’t Mean It’s Forever
Day 7 - God Isn’t Finished With You Yet!
Day 9 - Letting Go – a Prelude to Adventure
Day 13 - Your “Dash”
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 19 - Failure Isn’t Fatal!
Day 24 - “Do it Now!”

Personal Faith
Day 7 - God isn’t Finished with You Yet!
Day 8 - How Much Faith is Enough?
Day 10 - The Bible
Day 12 - Changing Directions
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 23 - God Told Me Everything is Going to Be OK!
Day 24 - Do it Now!
Day 25 - If This is Not the Place
Day 28 - Keep Your Fork!
Day 29 - Not Defeat, Victory!
Day 30 - God Loves You

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