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00719 - Forgiveness - Receiving and Giving

Forgiveness is essential in life. Holding onto grudges and past hurts can weigh us down, preventing us from experiencing true peace and joy. When we forgive others, we free ourselves from bitterness and make room for healing and growth.

The Bible teaches us about the importance of forgiveness in Colossians 3:13 (ESV): "Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." This reminds us that we should forgive others just as Jesus has forgiven us. His example shows us how to let go of resentment and embrace grace.

Also, receiving forgiveness, especially from Jesus, brings immense relief and renewal. It allows us to start afresh, unburdened by mistakes. By forgiving others and accepting Jesus' forgiveness, we open our hearts to His love, paving the way for a more fulfilling and joyful life.


Forgiveness is the currency of growth and grace.


Help me to forgive those who have wronged or hurt me, Lord. Amen.

Action Point

Look at the hurts of your heart and have a prayer time, forgiving each one.

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(ESV) Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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