What is truly exciting is that God has not only given us motivation to forgive others, but He has also promised to provide a blessing which is in direct proportion to the severity of the hurt we have forgiven. Jesus told us that if we don't forgive, we will not be forgiven, and He has promised that those who show mercy will receive mercy. I know I certainly want mercy, not His justice.

In a biblical marriage, each member is committed to an attitude of total forgiveness for the other. Those couples who refuse to forgive will experience lack of fellowship with God and will lose intimacy with Christ. God will then step back from that marriage, and let the unforgiving couple attempt to deal with their problems in their own strength. This is not a picture of biblical manhood and womanhood.

I have found two books in particular that have been of tremendous value in helping me understand this biblical concept of forgiveness. In fact, many of the ideas I have expressed in this article have come form these two writings. I would highly recommend both...Each for the Other by Bryan Chapell and Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall.

Grace and Peace

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