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Forgiveness is not…

26 Apr
  • Forgiveness is not circumventing God’s justice….
    —It is allowing God to execute His justice in His time and in His way.
  • Forgiveness is not waiting for “time to heal all wounds.”…
    —It is clear that time doesn’t heal wounds—some people will not allow healing.
  • Forgiveness is not letting the guilty “off the hook.”…
    —It is moving the guilty from your hook to God’s hook.
  • Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation….
    —It takes two for reconciliation, only one for forgiveness.
  • Forgiveness is not excusing unjust behavior….
    —It is acknowledging that unjust behavior is without excuse, while still forgiving.
  • Forgiveness is not explaining away the hurt….
    —It is working through the hurt.
  • Forgiveness is not based on what is fair….
    —It was not “fair” for Jesus to hang on the cross—but He did so that we could be forgiven.
  • Forgiveness is not being a weak martyr….
    —It is being strong enough to be Christlike.
  • Forgiveness is not stuffing your anger….
    —It is resolving your anger by releasing the offense to God.
  • Forgiveness is not a natural response….
    —It is a supernatural response, empowered by God.
  • Forgiveness is not denying the hurt….
    —It is feeling the hurt and releasing it.
  • Forgiveness is not being a doormat….
    —It is seeing that, if this were so, Jesus would have been the greatest doormat of all!
  • Forgiveness is not conditional….
    —It is unconditional, a mandate from God to everyone.
  • Forgiveness is not forgetting….
    —It is necessary to remember before you can forgive.
  • Forgiveness is not a feeling….
    —It is a choice—an act of the will.
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