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Let It Go

ďFor if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.Ē

Matthew 6: 14, 15 King James Version

When I lived in Oklahoma, I used to have a dog that would bury his bones and then dig them up again. We do the same thing with forgiveness. We tell people we forgive them, but we dig the bones up again. How dare you and I ask God to forgive us for our trespasses when we are not willing to forgive others?

If ever someone had a right and a reason to not forgive, it is Jesus! He never did anything wrong and yet He was attacked viciously not only physically, but emotionally. He didnít have to forgive us, but because Jesus is Love, He made the choice to forgive us. When Jesus forgives us for something, He buries the bone and never digs it up again.

We can be so self righteous at times. We think that we are right, and everybody else is wrong. We need to realize that we hurt other people also. None of us are perfect. All of us fail Jesus and hurt our family, loved ones and friends at times. We need to let go of the unforgiveness in our hearts once and for all.

I donít know about you but when I see Jesus, I want to be able to look Him in the Eyes with a clean heart knowing that while I hurt other people, I didnít do it on purpose. How is your heart today? Is it filled with hatred and unforgiveness?

Letís bury the bones of unforgiveness and leave them buried. If Jesus, the Saviour of the world Who suffered anguish and pain that you and I will never experience is willing to forgive us, then how much more should we forgive others.

Joanne Lowe
March 4, 2006

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