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Thursday, April 4

Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you.

As Christians, we are supposed to forgive, right? Is there that one person in your life that, when you hear their name, you make that face? Come on, you know what I’m talking about. Your face becomes distorted. Your lip crinkles and your nose wrinkles.

With much pain, my ex-husband and I have been through may trials and tribulations. Decisions he made, created a lot of damage in my life. As I have walked through healing and some forgiveness, there is deep-rooted pain that still remains. Needless to say, that distorted face rears its ugly head even after all this time.

A couple of weeks ago, we spoke for the first time in 81/2 years. I asked if he was sorry, and he said yes. He also took accountability for his earlier decisions.

Accountability is huge for me. It has allowed some healing where I was unable to find it myself.

Have I totally forgiven him? I wish I could say yes. But at least I am on the road. I’m on what I believe is the right track.

Matthew 6:14 repeats in my mind often when there is unforgiveness in my heart. I want to be forgiven of my sins so who am I to not forgive?

I want to be at a point where when I think of a certain person my face has a pure response instead of an evil look. I want to be forgiven. So, I have to forgive.



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