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A Forgiveness Tip

"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)."

When you're suffering emotionally, the last thing you feel like doing is forgiving those who are responsible for your suffering. We are angry at those who have wronged us and we are angry at the God who allowed it to happen.

This brings great joy to the Devil since either sin gives him the power to torment us.

If you're being rational, you're not just giving up. You're probably muttering words like "Lord, I forgive him and I thank you that this too will work together for my good." But you don't really mean it. And you are still in bondage.

The Bible requires that we forgive from our heart. Nothing less will do. And we are also commanded to give thanks in all circumstances as well (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

The most important aspect of successfully forgiving is to start with a firm decision to forgive and to reiterate your firm decision to forgive whenever angry thoughts come up. You may also want to review my article on How to Forgive.

And remember to give thanks to God whenever painful trials come up. You will grow as a result of the trial. More importantly, giving thanks to God will prevent Satan from gaining even more power as a result of your resentment toward the God that is allowing you to suffer.

Attitude is a habit of thinking. And these are two attitudes that we all need to get better at—and fast.

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