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3 Character Traits and Virtues Every Christian Should Have

2. Forgiveness

“But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive our sins” .(Matthews 6:15)

In church today we experience so much “Church hurt”. Church hurt is when you are hurt by someone who professes to be a Christian. This church hurt could be eliminated if we just learn how to truly love each other with the love of Christ. I know what you are thinking:

How can I do that when they did this or said this to me?

How can I let go of this pain when I’m still trying to recover from the hurt?

Well let’s look to Christ. We can look back over our life and think about the horrible things we did and said and Christ still forgave us. He didn’t just forgive us but he threw it into the depths of the sea as stated in Micah 7:18-19.

Love begins with forgiveness. Once we forgive we let go of the hurt and the pain others may have caused and we are able to move on and begin the healing process.  Many people say I will forgive but I will never forget. But they are really saying, I forgive you but I will still hold it against you. If we practice this type of mentality, we in essence, never truly forgave the person. When we refuse to forgive, our spiritual life comes to a halt.

True forgiveness starts with a clean slate. What you will gain from that experience is knowledge and wisdom on how to approach the situation the next time. How do you know if you have completely forgiven someone? We will do as the bibles says and pray for our enemies and those who despitefully use us and say all manner of evil against us. When we can pray for someone with the utmost sincerity in our hearts and truly want the best for them, then we have completely forgiven them.

Saviela E. Thorne
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