Foregiveness difficult but essential for heaven

Let’s talk about forgiveness — forgiving people of the sins that they have committed against us.

As Jesus’ disciples, we are to completely forgive all sins that have been committed against us. That means every single sin by any person at any time.

That’s a difficult thing, isn’t it? Absolutely. A spouse who has cheated on you, someone who has stolen from you, a false accusation or an unkind word — all cut deeply, so to speak, and leave physical or mental wounds, or both.

But let’s remember the perfect love that God has showered upon us (John 3:16) and which Jesus showed at Calvary (John 15:13). Part of that perfect love is complete forgiveness of sins for Jesus’ disciples and a forgiveness waiting for those who will become disciples.

Also remember the divine help available to us — God’s Holy Spirit. It’s impossible to completely forgive without being “born again.” If we’re not born again, then sooner or later we’ll remember — or imagine — some sin against us.

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