How Do We Forgive? - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole

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Bible Verses: Romans 12:17-21

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the LORD. Instead, ‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.’ Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

Luke 23:34

“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Reflect and Respond:

How do today's verses speak to you about forgiveness? Even about forgiving someone who clearly wronged you?

Prayer:

Father, I want to love like You and forgive like You, but I need Your help. Please empower me to make the step to forgive today. I leave vengeance in Your hands. I choose to forgive and live in peace with You. Help me to do this daily. Amen.

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Give me a heart like Yours my Lord; Your heart shows me that way to behave when I am wronged or when I am misunderstood. Let me not seek to get even, but help me to seek Your face.
Amen thank you Back to the encouragement
Please pray for me , Family members say mean & hurtful things behind my back. I forgive them & give it To God, but it doesn't stop. I try to be there for them & help where needed. I don't understand. Yes , I shouldn't be upset or angry , I'm trying .
Thank you for sharing sometimes it is very hard but when I do I feel so much lighter I am and I know it is what God wants and I always feel good when I do that
I keep hearing about forgiveness my biggest problem, god is trying to teach me
Heavenly Father I Praise You for Loving us First choosing us. For upon The Cross of Victory, You said Forgive them Father for they know not what they do, then saying Father I summit my Spirit into Your Hands. How Amazing You are Father as You have and will always be. Please Lord cleanse our hearts and body of all that is not of You, to teach and give us to build that humble Open Loving intimate relationship with You. Becoming more like You and less like we are. Out of my hands Lord into Yours today and always. Please Bless us Father to imitate You in remembering it is better to give than receive as You OH Lord provide our every need. Thank You for setting us Free in You alone. In Jesus name I Pray Amen. Matthew 6:14 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” “We can all receive unspeakable peace and partnering with our Savior as we learn to freely forgive those who have trespassed against us. This partnering brings the Savior’s power into our lives in an unmistakable and never–to–be–forgotten way
This is so true. Our minister just gave a sermon on this yesterday. Instead, pray for them, do good deads for them, helping them, & expect nothing in return. Our USA needs to stop evil vindictiveness, and adapt this new way of thinking & treating each other. ☺️❤️
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*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER:;JESUS;HOLY SPIRIT; ARCHANGELS I NEED YOUR HELP WITH THIS I CONSTANTLY IVE BEEN GETTING THIS PROBLEMS HELP ME JESUS ;FOR MYSELF & MY WHOLE FAMILY;ETC; THANKYOUJESUS@*
This message spoke value of forgiveness.
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THIS SCRIPTURE IN ROMANS 12:17-21 IS A EXCELLENT SCRIPTURE ON FORGIVENESS. I ALSO LIKE LUKE 23:34 SOMETIMES WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DO. LIKE STEFANIE SAID THE SCRIPTURE SAY IT ALL. I WILL MAKE ROMAN 12:17-21 ONE OF MY FAVORITES. THANKS STEFANIE
I just thank the Lord and praise Him. I find it so easy to say I am sorry, forgive me. So I try hard not to keep up things it is too stressful to do so, having to remember to not talk to so and so!it's too much.thank you Lord for freeing me.
Father, when I think about forgiving others that have wroned me, it seems so hard and wrong. But then I think about how you have forgiven me for all the wrongs I committed against you, yet you forgave me regardless how big the wrong was. Thank You Jesus!!
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Thank you for the powerful reminder of how forgiveness frees us.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Yes thank you God for forgiving me.Help me to forgive others.