Forgiveness

And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
Luke‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬ 

 

A childhood that taught me early on to protect myself against harm... An adulthood that became confused by those unfortunate lessons... At one point in my life, I couldn't forgive myself and I couldn't forgive others. I thought I needed those walls for my own protection; so, for much of my life, forgiveness felt next to impossibleAnd yet, through stubborn progress and a bold leap of faith, I learned the how and why of tearing those walls down. It not only freed me from self-ruin, it enabled me, emboldened me and set me free from one of the enemy's most carefully laid plans. And now, I reveal what I've learned on that path about the sometimes hidden workings of forgiveness. 

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The Introduction (E1)

 

There were more occasional tears of Joy and a child-like embrace of that new concept: freedom.

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It's not Just That Easy (E2)

 

It's not such a big deal when someone bumps your shoulder or forgets to replace the toilet paper. But what about the hard stuff? What about real hurt?

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How did we Ever Lose It? (E3)

 

Unforgiveness; the formula is everywhere. It's next to impossible to get away from it and even more impossible to grow up without its influence.

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The Damage of not Forgiving (E4)

 

Unforgiveness is a poison. I've seen it spur revenge, violence, outcasting of family members, the evil behavior of entire communities and even physical illness.

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Those who Don't let Go (E5)

 

When we don't forgive, we go on a life-long hunt for something we will never find.

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Forgiving Yourself (E6)

 

When we don't forgive, we go on a life-long hunt for something we will never find.

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Using the Heart (E7)

 

When people say: "Listen to your heart", they may not even realize how incredibly accurate that statement can be.

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Bringing Change (E8)

 

I didn't yet understand it, but somehow, everything felt different.