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00754 - Forgiveness

Holding onto grudges and resentment can weigh heavily on our hearts, hindering our spiritual growth. As Christians, we are called to forgive others, just as God forgives us. It's not always easy, but it's vital to healing and reconciliation that we also forgive.

The saying, "The most influential person in your life is the one you refuse to forgive," captures the impact of unforgiveness. When we refuse to forgive, we allow that person to occupy space in our hearts and minds, often affecting our thoughts and actions. 

The Bible highlights the importance of forgiveness in Matthew 6:14 (NKJV): "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." This verse underscores that our willingness to forgive others is directly linked to our forgiveness from God. Embracing forgiveness aligns us with God’s will and brings us closer to experiencing His mercy and peace in our lives.


The most influential person in your life is the one you refuse to forgive.


Lord, Help me to forgive those who have done anything to me. Amen.

Action Point

Spend some time praying about who you need to forgive.

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(NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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