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One of the most difficult commands that we have been given by our Lord Jesus is the command to forgive.  Sometimes it is very difficult to forgive those who have done us wrong.  But obedience to this command is so important that we are told in Matthew 6:14-15 that our own forgiveness from the Father is connected directly with our willingness to forgive those who sin against us.

At times we all thoughtlessly do and say things that hurt others.  James tells us in James 3:2:  “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”  Many times the ones we hurt the most, are those with whom we share fellowship in Christ.  If we cannot learn to forgive, this fellowship in Christ cannot exist.

If someone has said or done something that has hurt you physically or emotionally, and you are finding it difficult to forgive, remember the words of Jesus as He prayed for those who had just hanged Him on the cross:  “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” 

  -Wendell Ingram in House to House Publication



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