Day 22: Dare To Practice, Speak and Choose Forgiveness

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Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did  1 John 2:6

Meditate on Psalm 143:3-10, Luke 6:37

Jesus said we are too forgive. Too be honest, it is often hard for me. But God says that if we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. God was making a very serious point

Forgive in the Greek language is aphiemi , which can be translated as lay aside, forsake,, leave, let alone, omit, yield up, put away

Forgiving does not require forgetting. Just because we abstain from our favorite food for awhile, does not mean that we forget what it taste like. The way it tastes is in our memory, even though we are not currently digesting the food…in the same way an offense will most likely be in our memory, but when we have forgiven or laid it aside, we are not digesting, internalizing or holding tight to the hurt anymore. We are not living in the offense, although we may remember it. We have laid it aside and given it up, because Jesus said this is the way to live.

It takes courage to offer an apology and set things straight on our end. It takes courage to follow Jesus, and forgiveness is an example of courage. It takes courage to let go and trust God!

Today’s Dare: What or who is hanging around in your mind, because you haven’t let it go and turned it over to God. Check your forgiveness, if you need to forgive someone, consider writing a letter or setting up a time to meet with them. Dare to take a step towards forgiveness. Make a decision to quit speaking negatively about the person who hurt you…speak only positively about that person or don’t speak about him or her at all

Prayer: Lord search my heart. Am I holding on to anything or anyone I need to let go of today? I desire truth in the inner parts of me. I want to be obedient and live a life of forgiveness. Show me the practical steps in my own life and situations

Take that step towards forgiving someone today!

Stephanie

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