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Seven Gifts of Forgiveness

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Forgiveness, Relationships | 0 comments

Seven Gifts of Forgiveness

More than 2000 years ago, God provided us with the greatest tool of power ever given to humanity—forgiveness. The sacrificial blood of Christ was given in payment for all our transgressions. It alone has the power to set us free from the debilitating guilt, resentment, anger, and hatred hindering our lives. Forgiveness opens the door to the kingdom of God and brings many blessings. 1. Frees us from guilt Forgiving people who unjustly wrong us enables us to find freedom from our failures, mistakes, and transgressions. Jesus said we will be forgiven if we forgive those people who sinned...

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Unforgiveness Closes Hearts

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Forgiveness, Relationships | 0 comments

Unforgiveness Closes Hearts

Jesus Christ instructed His followers throughout the Gospels to forgive others—even their enemies—if they hoped to have God forgive them. Yet today, many of us do not do what He says. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions” (Mark 11:26). Everywhere we see Christian people held in bondage by deeply-held resentment, anger, and hatred. Living in an age of retribution, they are holding grudges and grievances, and a desire to punish the people who have hurt them. As we counsel people,...

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The Power of Love

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Relationships, Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

The Power of Love

Love is key in creating a life-giving atmosphere in our homes and churches. Love is a powerful force that can open closed hearts. The Bible tells us that ultimately love is all important; it is everything. Yet we continue to have a poverty of love in our nation, our homes, churches, and institutions. I have seen my own poverty too. I did not know how to love, how to take in love, or how to give love. During the years of my son’s illness I learned to know something about love—the love of others and the love of God. As I walked into church one Sunday a woman came up to me and said, “I...

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