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People who are hurting hurt people.

 

Happy people don’t hurt people. Happy people want to help people, not hurt them.

 

We need to remember this when people are mean or rude or cruel to us.

 

Jesus said that it’s the sick who need help, not those who are well.

 

Scratch the surface of anyone who is mean or cruel or hurtful in any way, and you’ll find a painful festering sore below.

 

The greater the pain gets, the more people deflect it to other people and blame other people.

 

People who are in pain will growl and bite you if you get too close, the way animals will growl and bite you when you reach to help them.

 

People in pain need prayers, not curses. They need a gentle presence (from a safe distance, if necessary).

 

Those people who treat you like dirt – PRAY FOR THEM. Don’t tell them you’re praying for them, just PRAY FOR THEM.

 

And choose to forgive them.

 

Don’t dwell on their cruelty; dwell on how miserable they must be, not to know God’s love.

 

That’s a horrible cold dark wretched place to live, where God isn’t welcome.

 

We are blessed to know God’s love, to live in his brightness and joy and warmth. Each of us who is born again has enough of God’s love to share with all the world and still have love to spare, just like Jesus had enough loaves and fishes to feed the hungry masses and still have leftovers. Each of us has that much love – enough for every human in the world, and then some – if we let go of any lingering resentment, and let God love fully through us.

 

That’s your job, as a born-again, to love like God loves, to love like Jesus loved, fully and without reserve.

 

Only people who are hurting hurt people.

 

Don’t make their pain worse: help them.

STOP, AND CHOOSE TO FORGIVE

STOP

Every day, I ask God what I should write about. Today he said: “Forgiveness.”

Then he said to tell everyone to stop what they’re doing.

Just STOP.

He said this is the most important thing you’ll do today.

Stop whatever else you’re doing and pay attention.

Forgiveness is not a touchy-feely warm ‘n’ fuzzy group hug kind of emotion.

Forgiveness is a choice.

And chances are that you won’t want to make that choice.

But if you don’t, you won’t get to heaven.

These are the facts. God isn’t going to change the facts just because you don’t feel like forgiving everyone.

Yes, EVERYONE.

No-one gets into heaven with any unforgiveness on their soul. If you’re harboring resentment or grudges, that’s unforgiveness. If you’re blaming someone for something they did last week or 60 years ago, that’s unforgiveness. Having unforgiveness on your soul is the same as having unrepentant murder.

The end of your world will come in your lifetime. That’s a guarantee. It may come in 20 years or it may come in 20 seconds.

But when it does come, you won’t get into heaven with unforgiveness on your soul.

Once your time is up, it’s too late to make the choice to forgive. God, in his mercy, may give you one final chance, but don’t count on it. It all depends on how many times you’ve been told to forgive, and how many times you’ve rejected the advice.

God is patient, but he’s no sucker.

So whatever it is you’ve been holding onto, let it go. Just say: “I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE.”

Just like that.

Say: “I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE.”

And then make good on your choice by choosing not to think or talk about the grievance anymore. And if it pops into your head for whatever reason, say again: I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE. Every time it pops up, say again: I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE.

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.

 

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.

 

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.

If you don’t choose to forgive, God will not forgive you.

If God doesn’t forgive you, that means no soul healing and no ‘heaven on Earth’ as a born-again.

And if you refuse to forgive even up to the moment of your death, your unforgiveness means you go to hell.

Forever.

There is no other option.

Forgiveness leads to heaven; unforgiveness leads to hell.

This is a spiritual fact of life.

If you’re living or working in an abusive situation, leave immediately and choose to forgive.

Do not go back. Do not press charges or file a report. If you’ve already pressed charges or filed a report, drop them.

Do not go back into the abusive situation, but choose to forgive.

Jesus says we are to forgive our abusers not seven times by seventy times seven.

He means there are no limits to how many times we forgive: we forgive as many times as we’re hurt.

Jesus says that if we don’t forgive those who hurt us, God will not forgive us. If God doesn’t forgive us, we won’t get into heaven.

If God doesn’t forgive us, we won’t get into heaven.

Let that sink in: If God doesn’t forgive you, you won’t get into heaven.

That’s another spiritual fact of life.

So how do you get God to forgive you?

By choosing to forgive others.

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

There are ZERO exceptions.

Just like there are no asterisks on the Ten Commandments, stating in fine print below that it’s OK to murder in self-defense or in the line of duty, there are no asterisks and fine print below Jesus’ directive to forgive.

What you choose to do with this information is up to you, but God and Jesus are begging you to choose NOW to forgive everyone for everything.

CHOOSE TO FORGIVE.

It may be the best and last thing you ever do.