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02/10/2010

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What If I'm The One?


"Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note---torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one." Henry Ward Beecher...

Jesus' way should be one of love, joy and peace. As those three wonderful states are on life's path, so should be forgiveness. Just as we are more than willing to accept joy, love and peace as the way of a Christian, forgiveness ought to be received and given too. In my last two writings I have dwelt mostly on extending our forgiveness to those who have wronged us. So...How about if we are the offenders? Are we able, in humility, to ask to be forgiven? Do we have the same expectations of ourselves as we do of others?

It is important to remember that forgiveness is a commitment to change! It is a way to step back and realize that what we have said or done has hurt someone, and be willing to do something about it. As we ask to be forgiven, we start to get rid of the guilt that usually accompanies the wrong. In the 1940s, Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher wrote a song entitled, "You Always Hurt the One You Love." The words of the chorus go like this; "You always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn't hurt at all. You always take the sweetest rose, and crush it till the petals fall." More often than not, the one we hurt is someone close to us. A relationship can never be trusting and complete until there is a meaningful, "I'm sorry." ....A heartfelt, "Please forgive me, I will try not to do that again."

Always be sure that there are no excuses attached to the "I'm sorry." When we admit to the wrong we have committed to the one we have harmed, the sorrow and regret should be sincere. Forgiveness should be asked for with no excuses attached. The thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians is all about love. The apostle Paul in verse five says that "love keeps no record of wrongs." In Christian relationships, wrongs are admitted, forgiven, and forgotten.....

Have a great day....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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