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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 18, 2019

FORGIVENESS

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Crucial to forgiveness is the understanding of what it means to genuinely forgive and what it does not.

Forgiveness is not:

Forgiveness is not just ignoring the pain.

Forgiveness is not forgetting the hurtful incident.

Forgiveness is not declaring the other person was right or what he did was ok.

Forgiveness is not allowing the offender to control your life.

Forgiveness is not saying you are over the pain.

Forgiveness is not saying you forgive, while avoiding the offender.

Forgiveness does not mean the offender should not have to pay the consequences of his actions.

Forgiveness is:

Forgiveness is more for your benefit than for the benefit of your offender.

Forgiveness means you are more interested in understanding why something happened than in getting even.

Forgiveness states that the offender no longer owes you anything.

Forgiveness means you are more concerned about moving ahead with your life than being controlled or restricted by your past.

Forgiveness sets you free to move through the healing process.

Forgiveness opens the door for God’s blessing on your life.

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