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952nd -- What Forgiveness Does


We should always have a forgiving heart because holding onto grudges does
nothing to heal the hurt or bring peace to your mind and soul. When we 
forgive others for their shortfalls against us, we are not condoning what
they did, but we are showing Christ's centeredness in our lives and that 
just as we have been forgiven for our great sins, we must also forgive 
those who do wrong against us. We forgive not because we are weak, but 
because the Lord who is strong in us commands that we forgive those who 
have done wrong to us. Another thing that we must keep in mind is that 
forgiveness is more beneficial to us than to the ones we forgive. When we
forgive, we release ourselves from the bondage of hate and open ourselves
to receive the love, joy and peace that God wishes to infiltrate our heart with.

The Lord wishes to bring healing to our hearts, but we must take the first
step to forgive the wrong that was done to us so that healing can begin.
Be encouraged to see the benefits of having a forgiving heart. No matter
what was done to you, the Lord is able to make you forget and not bring 
into remembrance. The only thing that you are required to do is to see 
past the hurt and allow forgiveness. When we do, great things begin to 
take place in our life. 

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see the benefits
of forgiveness. Offering forgiveness is much better than continually 
swallowing the past hurts and pains of the past and allowing that poison 
to keep our life stagnant.


I was driving down the road the other day when I saw a sign in front of a
church. It said, “Forgive your enemies. It messes with their minds.” As I
read this sign I felt a smile come to my lips, a feeling of delight come 
to my heart, and a long, deep laugh come from my belly. When I finally 
stopped laughing at the joyous humor on this sign I realized something. 
What it said couldn’t be more true.

A person whose mind is full of anger, after all, gives anger to the world
and expects anger in return. In the same way a person whose heart is full
of hate, shares that hate with the world and expects hate in return. 
Likewise a person whose soul is full of hurting passes that hurt on to the
world and expects to be hurt again in return. It is a horrible and vicious
cycle that eventually destroys the person’s life and harms everyone he touches.

It is forgiveness that breaks this cycle, however. It is forgiveness that
messes up the mind full of anger and shows it that there is another way to
live. When you forgive another you keep your own mind full of peace, your
own heart full of love, and your own soul full of joy. When you forgive 
another you pass these precious gifts along to them as well. When you 
forgive another you live the way that God meant for you to live and you 
show everyone around you how a Child of God can make this world a better 
and more loving place.

Keep on forgiving others then. Keep on messing with their minds. Keep on 
helping their hearts and souls. Keep on living the life that God meant for
you to live. If you have to do it seventy times seven times then do so 
happily. God never stops forgiving us. Why should we ever stop forgiving others?

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, 
and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind 
one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for 
Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Psalm 103:8-13 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and 
plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep His 
anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us 
according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, 
so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is 
from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like 
as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him.”

1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved 
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God 
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at 
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is 
perfected in us.”

Colossians 3:12-15 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and 
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, 
longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any 
man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do 
ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of 
perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which 
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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