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    Freedom in Forgiveness
     By Dawn Mast

    Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV

    It wasn't about me. It felt like it was about me, but it wasn't about me. Do you know that feeling? Someone lashes out and says really hurtful things and you have Jesus in your heart so you don't say hurtful things in return (maybe?). So you stand there and absorb someone else's pain and wounded anger. Then, you remember it's not about you. 

    Those moments are hard and painful and we are called to forgive.

    Forgive?! 

    Nope. Not me. Not after what they said. No way.

    For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  Matthew 6:14 NIV

    The Greek translation of "forgive" gives us a picture of how to forgive someone. Kaphar means to purge/pitch. Haul away. Anything that stands as a hurdle in a relationship. Have you ever cleaned out a closet and purged all the stuff you didn't need? Remember that clean feeling afterward? THAT is kinda how forgiveness feels when you let go and forgive someone who has hurt you. You can give it to the Lord, purge it to Him and feel free and clean!  

    I understand! I know you feel lousy and stuck and those bags you pick up and carry every day are so heavy. Lay it at the cross and walk away. He forgave all the things you've ever done and will continue to do. For your health, for the sake of your earthly relationships and for the prosperity of your walk with the Lord, forgive. 

     
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