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Today’s Scripture

“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)

For Your Own Sake

In life, we all have unfair things that happen to us. We can choose to hold on to the hurt, become bitter and angry, and let it poison our future; or, we can choose to let it go and trust God to make it up to us. You may not think that you are able to forgive because someone hurt you so badly. You might say, “You don’t know how I was raised.” Or, “My ex-spouse caused me a lot of pain.” “This friend betrayed me.” “I just can’t let it go.”

Realize that forgiveness isn’t for their sake; forgiveness is for your own sake. When you forgive, you are taking away their power to hurt you. But if you hold on to that offense and stay angry, you are only poisoning your own life and disconnecting yourself from God.

Forgiveness is like a door on your heart. If you shut the door and refuse to forgive, then God cannot forgive you. But when you open the door and allow forgiveness to flow from you, then His forgiveness can flow into you. Choose to forgive and open the door to receive God’s life, peace and healing today.

A Prayer for Today

“God, thank You for the gift of forgiveness that sets me free. Help me to truly understand what it means to forgive so I can receive Your forgiveness. Search me today and have Your way in my heart in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. this issue of god/gods/allah which entities NEVER existed and do NOT exist, will NOT take us anywhere. lets just work on minimising our ever increasing pain and surfering

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  2. This is how oppressors have got away with atrocities such as slavery, rape, apartheid etc by simply being born again and asking for forgiveness. …whilst preaching this selfsame message to you to make you docile. You try the same to them and they will chase you to the grave like they did to that Pan am airline Libyan bomber; not only did they Libyan govt pay millions in compensation..the followed the alleged bomber straight to his dead bed after he was released.
    Religion is self distraction of ones culture…our Bantu culture teaches us to responsible for your actions…not this rubbish above about; asking for forgiveness.

    Wake up and study about self!!

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  3. Amen! Praise the Lord of forgiveness. It is such a powerful resource that I have tried again and again and my life couldnt be more joyous. I cant imagine how many less friends I would have now or how many divorces I would have gone through for silly grounds. Thank you for the Gospel Jesus!

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