“And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him” (Luke 17:4).

The nature of the world is to hold grudges, be bitter, and harbor resentment. What sets us apart, however, is because we are the beneficiaries of God’s grace, we understand the necessity of being the benefactors of his mercy. True forgiveness is a release of the resentment to which you’re entitled. Such forgiveness releases both parties from a past seeking to hold each one hostage, and into a future God would desire.

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