31 days of 2 min. devos: What Forgiveness Is and Is Not by Julie


1-     Forgiveness has nothing to do with whether or not the person DESERVES forgiveness.

2-     Forgiveness is not saying what the person did or did not do is right.

3-     Forgiveness is taking the person off our hook and putting them on God’s hook.

4-     We are cutting them loose from our backs and giving the burden to God.

5-     We are no longer allowing them to hold us captive by holding a grudge.

6-     2 Cor. 2:9-11 Unforgiveness is a trap set by satan.

7-     Forgiveness does not mean we put ourselves in a position to be abused or mistreated again.

8-     Forgiveness does not mean I must trust the person I have forgiven.

9-     We cannot be bitter and get better at the same time.

10-  Forgiveness is not absolving the person from taking responsibility for their actions.

11-  It is not denying that the wrong occurred.

12-  It is not pretending the abuse did not happen.

13-  Forgiveness is letting go of your need for revenge.

14-  Forgiveness is leaving the past behind so that it does not control your actions and emotions.

Now that we know what we have- Jesus this Great High priest with ready access to God- Let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness, testing, He’s experienced it all – all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Hebrews 4:14-16 The Message

Extending forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do sometimes. But when we realize it is not a natural act but a supernatural act done through us by God Himself it makes a little more sense.

Some of this post is  from Your Scars Are Beautiful by Sharon Jaynes. Good stuff.

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