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"How Can I Forgive?"


Last updated 3/17/2013 at 1:30pm

One of the first things I gave up was my wish to retaliate when someone wronged me. I learned that God is in charge of that. “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,’ saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). I learned I was supposed to leave the discipline and judgment of others to God. But I found exercising forgiveness difficult. I could eventually forgive the act, but I was tempted to hold a grudge against the person, who wronged me.

One of the most difficult things for me to do has been to practice forgiveness. My feelings are easily hurt, and I seem to suffer for days when I'm feeling offended.

For years I lived in a gloomy fog of depression, stress, and stomachaches. I had no appetite. I carried the spirits of anger and hate around like we were good friends. And, sometimes, I thought about ways I could repay the wrong I had suffered.

But I've found a better way to cope with hurts. I experienced God's forgiveness in my own life, and now I can forgive others.

One of the first things I gave up was my wish to retaliate...

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