"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Forgiveness requires our facing the truth. The truth of Christ's forgiveness. The truth of our own unforgiveness. The truth that if we are ever to be free, we must receive Christ's forgiveness and forgive those who have hurt us.
In order to experience true freedom in Christ, we must forgive those who have caused us harm or disappointment—even when that means forgiving ourselves.
All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. Romans 3:23-24 CEV
How can we do less? Forgiven by the Lord, we have both the reason and responsibility to forgive others. Forgiveness is a choice we make.
Consider this …
Sometimes it is hard to let go. In fact, when we have been deeply hurt, it may not be possible to forgive—on our own. But it is important to remember that we don't have to do it alone.
If you are struggling to forgive, ask Jesus to help you. He loves you, he cares and he is able.
Father, I've kept these feelings of resentment and unforgiveness buried much too long. Help me to face the truth. Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness. Help me to show the same to others, even those who have hurt me. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Free to Grow: Overcoming Setbacks and Disappointments by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. The purpose of this group study is to help people overcome disappointments and setbacks that have arrested or are presently hindering their emotional and spiritual development. The group study will help participants understand how to be set free so that they can grow and become all that God has designed them to be. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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