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"The entrance of thy words giveth light (Psalm 119:130)."

A Forgiveness Synopsis

"In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart (Matthew 18:35 NIV)."

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB)."

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)."

Here's a quick synopsis of what you need to know.

  • You must forgive others from your heart or God will torture you.
  • As with any temptation, God will provide a way of escape.
  • You can forgive others, by the power of the Holy Spirit, even if you can't by your own strength.

In most cases, all you have to do is pray a simple affirmation of faith, when thoughts of someone who has offended you, come up. Some examples follow:

  • "I choose to forgive all those who have wronged me by the power of the Holy Spirit."
  • "I forgive him by the power of the Holy Spirit."
  • "Lord, I forgive him, from my heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit."

These affirmations are effective—if they are combined with faith.

Then think about something else or, if necessary, first pray to think about something else.

You will be surprised how well this works!

Of course, if you've entertained thoughts of getting back at someone, you also need to confess your sin (1 John 1:9).

More information on the topic of forgiveness is included in my article on How to Forgive.

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