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Monday, June 16, 2008

A Short Story on Forgiveness

The issue of forgiveness is a very tough one but very necessary for our Salvation in Christ Jesus, Not to be ignored to say the least,  I am one who has had to forgive a lot and especially recently because I  have come to realize that it's no use holding unto the hurts and offenses most of all the Holy Spirit has ,made me know that God is the Judge and not me. Exodus 14:14 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. AMEN!

When the Holy Spirit is in you and the fruit of the Spirit operates in you, you  must become a broken Christian and  learn to forgive your enemies no matter how hard it looks or seems. "I am a witness"  because, I know I have said in time past, I will never forgive this person or that person but, today the good Lord has taken all that strife and bitterness from my life and turned it into love. Sometimes I Wonder what happened to me!? there are times when my family would expect me to react violently  the way I normally do  in time past and all I can say now is . . . leave it to God, forgive them, God will take control, don't swear, don't curse, don't revenge, this too will pass, God will never forsake us, we shall overcome, lets give them a chance to defend their action, maybe they didn't do it deliberately and so on.

I know they get irritated at times but I am changed in Christ our Lord , I always ask myself what would Jesus do in this situation and when the answer comes to my Spirit I just let God work it out for me by His Special Grace.

Heavy bag

HOW HEAVY IS Bag

One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes. For every person we'd refuse to forgive in our life, we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of our bags, as you can imagine, were quite heavy.
We were then told to carry this bag with us everywhere for one week, putting it beside our bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to our desk at work.
The hassle of lugging this around with us made it clear what a weight we were carrying spiritually, and how we had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget, and keep leaving it in embarrassing places.
Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty slime.
This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity!
Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and while that's true, it clearly is also a gift for ourselves!
So the next time you decide you can't forgive someone, ask yourself...
Isn't MY bag heavy enough?
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. - Mark 11:25

Think on This

A Christian will find it cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, and the waste of spirit. --Hannah More

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?-- Abraham Lincoln

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note--torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. -- Henry Ward Beecher

18 Readers Commented:

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  2. My friend what a great testimony! Forgiveness is powerful and when one forgives you can feel the weight being lifted off your shoulders. Once you forgive you can move forward in your life. I have had to forgive a lot myself and it took the strength of Jesus Christ and His power to help me forgive. But once I did, I was set free! God bless you my friend! You are blessed beyond imagination my friend. God is truly doing a good work within you! I love you and God bless you and your family! Grace and Peace!

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  3. A while back a friend of mine shared this with me. I really love it

    Sid

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  4. I just love the story of the bag. Forgiving others is more for our benefit, the weight is then lifted.
    This blessed me.
    Yvette

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  5. I understand this example perfectly. I also know the verse that says if you don't forgive men their sins when they sin against you, then neither will your heavenly father forgive your sins.

    I've seen my husbands family torn apart and grudges have been held for decades, family members still not speaking to one another because of things that happened 40+ years ago. Its reddiculous. I wish they would reconcile instead of continuing to speak evil about one another.

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  6. Great food for thought, sis. Most times we do forgive but never forget. Yet, the Bible says that our sins are not only forgiven but forgotten as far as the east is from the west.

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  7. Love the bag of potatoes - and your honesty!

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  8. Hi Selerines, did add you I see you already added me in your blog.

    Godbless

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  9. Hi Valerie, so true my friend we cannot move forward without letting go, I was once told that if I keep looking back I can't move on.

    Godbless you too am grateful, to God for the divine elevation HE has bestowed upon your family

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  10. Thats nice to Know SIdhart
    Godbless

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  11. You are Right Yvette.it is for our own good
    Godbless

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  12. TKWI sister, I understand what you mean first hand, you should see my family tree then you would understand what pure and unadultrated hatred/betrayal/selfishness/wickedness and strife is all about till date.
    Only God will redeem us all from the works of the devil.

    Godbless you are so plain I love that in a person

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  13. I love that passsage Isaiah so much. it so reassuring even when the devil tries to remind us of our sins

    Godbless

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  14. Thanks Adullamite for the visit glad you are back.

    Godbless

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  15. Weeeh!!! Channelofhealing.... you're hitting me badly! Well, I'll try to forgive my Dad... but the very hard thing is... he's not learning and still continue with his wrong doings. =(

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  16. Pretty Me,Please forgive him in Jesus Mighty Name. will visit your blog and we will talk some more

    Godbless

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  17. I am proud of you COH, this is another great story to tell others the sack of potatoes story tought me a lot today, and may be I should use it just in case I will explode. But I am like you, I changed for good, never been really violent, but sometimes well spoken, lol. Thanks for sharing. It is always nice to leave this blog with something in the pocket, a very useful lesson my friend. Thanks again, and God bless, Anna :)

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  18. Anna Sweet, am so happy you are back, how is baby Matthew? I know he is keeeping you up at night cos he should you have had a long time to practise if you catch my drift, lol. on the other hand you are a true friend and you are also back with your sense of humor.

    Godbless

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