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Facing the Truth

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:32 NIV

Thoughts for Today
Forgiveness requires our facing the truth. The truth of Christ’s forgiveness. The truth of our own unforgiveness. The truth that if we are ever to be free, we must receive Christ’s forgiveness and forgive those who have hurt us.

In order to experience true freedom in Christ, we must forgive those who have caused us harm or disappointment—even when that means forgiving ourselves.

All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. Romans 3:23-24 CEV

How can we do less? Forgiven by the Lord, we have both the reason and responsibility to forgive others. Forgiveness is a choice we make.

Consider this …
Sometimes it is hard to let go. In fact, when we have been deeply hurt, it may not be possible to forgive—on our own. But it is important to remember that we don’t have to do it alone.

If you are struggling to forgive, ask Jesus to help you. He loves you, he cares and he is able.

Prayer
Father, I’ve kept these feelings of resentment and unforgiveness buried much too long. Help me to face the truth. Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness. Help me to show the same to others, even those who have hurt me. In Jesus’ name …

(by livingfree.org)