This week, Heather and Diana discuss the importance of forgiveness – how it is crucial in fighting against our tendency to be easily offended or our habit of holding grudges and remaining bitter.  They dive into the Lord’s Prayer and discuss the severe consequences of not forgiving others.  Also, they discover that forgiveness must be an outward expression of our character as children of Light.

2 thoughts on “Hope&Light / FORGIVENESS

  1. Notes/thoughts from podcast: What are you willing to fight for . . . is your calling important enough to you that your commitment will get you over the obstacles; some Christians state that we should be against ANYTHING that separates relationships . . . “at the end of the day, we answer to God (not relationships)” (so true) [just one verse of several that makes me cry out for wisdom and discernment is 2 Timothy 3:2-5 where it says, “And from such people TURN AWAY!” (keep witnessing to? keep fellowshipping with? keep the relationship going? no, “turn away!”); we should have the same opinions [I would add, on the “uncompromisables”] – God’s!; when we engage with other believers, our / their opinions shouldn’t be outshouted . . . conversations should be peaceable; conversation implies humility is present and, thus, mutual “teachability” . . . debate implies pride is present and, thus, solitary “winability”; if only we were as forgiving as offended . . . gentle and less quick to be angry (longsuffering = takes a long time to boil); shackled by offenses . . . tangling ourselves up in a web of offenses . . . chaining ourselves to the past . . . everybody’s out to get me (“what a sob story” . . . true, unless you’re a Christian in say, Syria, etc.) [reminds me of Elijah thinking that he was the only good guy left . . . WRONG! (1 Kings 19:10,18)]; how do you rid yourself of ignorance – “truth from the Truth” (Scriptures); (cited: Ephesians 4:31,32) remember that God works all things together for the good of His children (Romans 8:28), so swim upstream instead of flip-flopping faithlessly downstream; we’re all guilty of unforgiveness . . . “I’m happy decaying in my shackles”; forgiveness is not easy, but worth it; (cited: Colossians 3:12,13) bear with one another – fix how it was said or how it was heard . . . we want to be borne but we don’t want to bear . . . keep bearing with one another until the unforgiveness is thrown into the depths of the sea or is flung as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

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  2. Forgiveness is Freedom. As you both shared during your study. We who may have misunderstood or harboring a past hurt. We are then held hostage or the one being shackled by whatever the issue maybe. Colossians 3:13 NLT
    Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
    We are certainly not perfect. The Lord made allowances for me!!
    The word must leaves us with no option!! Forgiveness is Freedom 🙏🏾

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