The Power of Forgiveness Part 1 of 4

The Power of Forgiveness Part 1 of 4

With Father’s day approaching, I have been doing a lot of thinking about my own father. Our relationship has not been the best. Although I am grateful to be blessed to have a stepfather that has raised me, cared for and loved me as his own, I have always longed for a good relationship with my biological father. Over the past couple of years, God has been dealing with me in the area of forgiveness. There have been times when I would say with my mouth that I have forgiven my father for his absence. Yet, my heart was saying something different.  Forgiving someone that has wronged us can often be one of the hardest things to do. However, if we want to please God and live according to His word, we have to forgive. It is vital to our spiritual well being. I was deeply minister to by this Dear Friend Letter.  Written by Sue Curran, it explains the importance of forgiveness and what happen when we choose to do otherwise. It uses the story Jesus told about the unforgiving servant, (Matthew 18:22-35) as a clear illustration of why it is so important to forgive others. As you read this, I invite you to search your heart, and ask God to take any feelings of unforgiveness that you may be harboring out.

The Power of Forgiveness

By Sue Curran

Dear Friend,

Jesus tells the story of an ungrateful servant who owned a huge debt, worth a great many millions of dollars. When he asked for mercy, it was given, and the debt was erased. That same servant, however refused to forgive a smaller debt, a few months’ wages, when he was asked for an extension on the loan. In fact, he grabbed the debtor by the throat and threw him into prison.

That servant represents you and me; we are debtors with the huge debt of sin we cannot pay. And Jesus has forgiven us. Though we deserve to perish in hell, our sins have all been washed away by the precious blood of Jesus…

…To be continued

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