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Forgiving Others

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"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."  --Golda Meir
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Sitting on a Bumble Bee

           Unforgiveness means we desire to hurt the people who have wounded us.  It's like the little boy who was sitting on a park bench in obvious agony.  A man walking by asked him what was wrong.  The boy answered, "I'm sitting on a bumble bee."  "Then why don't you get up?" the man asked.  The boy replied, "Because I figure that I am hurting him more than he is hurting me!" 

          The healing process begins when we get up off the park bench.  God will only heal our wounds when we stop inflicting pain on the one who hurt us.  (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 43)


Being Held Hostage?

"Those whom you don't forgive are holding you as a hostage." --Kent Crockett


Love Mercy More Than Justice

Forgiveness means you love mercy more than justice. (Micah 6:8)

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 107)



The Basis for Forgiveness

We base our forgiveness on what God has done for us, not on what another person has done to us.  (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 43)

Is It Worth It?

In response to the question, "How do I feel when I fail to forgive?" Chiradeep Patra, from India wrote:
In my case when I fail to forgive:
1. I lose my inner PEACE
2. I feel GUILTY myself
3. I feel IRRITATED
4. I feel ANGRY
5. Physically, my heart pounds
6. I get a headache.
It's always better to forgive than feel sick physically, mentally & spiritually.
--Weekend Encounter #5206 www.actsweb.org


Letting Go of Offenses

Natives in Africa capture monkeys by setting up cages and placing bait inside. The bait can be anything a monkey would want, such as food or an unusual object. The monkeys are lured to the cages but are too smart to actually go inside. Instead, they reach through the bars, grab the bait, and try to pull it out. Because the object is too large to go through the bars, the only way the monkey can get away is to drop the bait. But monkeys refuse to let go. They kick and squeal but keep holding on. They stay trapped in bondage because they refuse to let go of the bait.

Are you the devilís monkey? Have you grabbed Satanís bait, which is called offenses? Satan sets his trap, using offenses as bait. If you grab the offense, you will be his prisoner as long as you hold on. Many people are incarcerated in the devilís dungeon because they refuse to let go. You must choose to let go of all past offenses and keep your hands off all future ones.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 104-105)

 



Haunted by Unforgiveness

Several years ago after an elderly woman passed away, family members were cleaning out her house when they found a scrapbook filled with obituaries from the local newspaper. Many of the death notices pertained to people she had detested. As bizarre as it may sound, she kept a scrapbook of her dead enemies.

This woman had five different clippings of her most despised foe in her morbid memory book. Apparently she had gained some kind of strange satisfaction by thinking they could no longer torment her.

Or could they? If we donít forgive our deceased enemies, theyíll continue to haunt us through our hateful memories of them.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 102-103)



Cross Reference:

The Cost of Bitterness

How Do You Make Others Feel?


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