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Father Forgive Them
As Jesus hung on the cross he said; "'Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.'" (Luke 23:34) No one was asking for forgiveness nor was anyone even acknowledging that they were doing the smallest thing wrong. Jesus didn't wait for any of that however; he just laid out the forgiveness up front.

This is a wonderful pattern for us and I think it's one of the hardest to practice. Someone hurts or offends us and then they skip merrily on their way. Sure, if they would come back in a humbled condition and genuinely ask our forgiveness we feel we could accept that. "Yes," we would say, "I forgive you."
But how do we forgive when they aren't asking for it? Let's look at what Jesus actually said and did. It might help to follow his steps. Notice that Jesus addressed himself to the Father, not to the ones who were crucifying him. He didn't yell down from the cross; "I forgive all of you who put me up here." No, instead, he asked God the Father to forgive them.
Forgiveness offered this way has some advantages. It acknowledges that all sin is ultimately an offense first against God - not us. It does not overlook sin or minimize the pain and consequences it caused. It places the sin with God, removing it from the realm of any festering bitterness or desire for revenge on our part.
Are you struggling with forgiving someone, maybe someone who will never acknowledge how much they hurt you? Try it the way Jesus did it. Say, "Father, forgive them." Now walk forward in the freedom that Jesus secured for you when he asked the Father to forgive YOU.

Colossians 3:13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do

Sand and Stone

A story tells that two friends were walking through
the desert. During some point of the journey, they
had an argument, and one friend slapped the other
one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt,
but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand:

Today my best friend slapped me in the face.

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis,
where they decided to take a bath. The one who had
been slapped got stuck in the mire and started
drowning, but his friend saved him. After he
recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

Today my best friend saved my life.

The friend, who had slapped and saved his best
friend, asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in
the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us,
we should write it down in sand, where the winds of
forgiveness can erase it away, but when someone
does something good for us, we must engrave it in
stone where no wind can ever erase it.

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve
your blessings in stone.
-- Unknown

Brothers & Sisters:
If we forgive those who hurt us or do us wrong, Our Heavenly Father who is in Heaven
Will have greater mercy upon us when we face him on the day of Judgment.
(Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV) "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. {15} "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV) Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" {22} Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Forgiveness is one of the major things in our life that is important to follow. I know it’s
Hard when you’ve been hurt by others who seem not to care, but when you live according to God’s will and trust fully in him, it is so much easier to have a forgiven heart and to
Forgive those who have done you wrong. I know that this is something that makes our Heavenly Father happy, when we are able to let go of grudges, hurt feelings, resentment,
Bitterness and anger, instead we should have a forgiving heart, love those who offend us,
Show the love of Jesus to those who do not understand it. Because just as our Precious Savior Jesus died and sacrificed his life for us we should take his example and leave it all in our Heavenly Fathers Hands, for it is he who will judge us and when we are able to
Forgive it will be easier to be forgiven.
God Bless You all my brothers & Sisters………….
Love & Hugs to all of you as we walk in the peace of God’s Love………….
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray……….
Your sister Becky

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