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http://www.lompocrecord.com - There are no healthy and enduring relationships apart from forgiveness. The Bible provides a relationship guide for us, using the following words as a great example: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32.



If you desire to maximize your relationships, forgiveness and kindness are essential components. Author and Pastor, T.D. Jakes has written a new book entitled, “Let it Go — Forgive so you can be forgiven.” Jakes writes; “Forgiveness is a big idea and works best when invested into people who have the courage to grasp the seven-foot idea of what’s best for their future, rather than the four-foot-high idea of recompense for what has happened in the past.”



If you are going to have the family, friends and relationships you dream about, it will require truckloads of major and minor forgiveness along the way. If you can’t live with extending and receiving forgiveness, then you will have a lot of pain and unrealized dreams. The good news is you can forgive and God wants to help you.



I have met so many people along the way that felt entitled to hold grudges, generate hurtfulness and even wish for hardship and in some cases the demise of others, all because they have drunk from the poison of unforgiveness.



The time to forgive is now, and forgiveness begins with your decision of choosing to forgive.



Who is the person whose face has been flashing in your mind as you are reading this? Is it a parent? A brother or sister? Maybe your child has hurt you and hardly knows it. Or is it a co-worker or someone in your church. Make the choice to forgive.

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