But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
(Matthew 6:15 NIV)

One thing I’ve found is that people inside the church seem to be just as unforgiving as those outside the church. in fact, it seems that those inside the church wear their feelings on their sleeves a whole lot more than those outside the church. There is quite a bit of resentment towards individuals who they believe have done them wrong. One thing I understand from my life is that there is not one single person who has, or could do, more wrong to me then I have done to God.

If we really believed what the Bible said, would we be more willing to forgive our neighbor? Would we be more willing to do good to those who have done bad to us?

This is the holiday season and one thing that is talked about so much is the birth of Christ, Grace, Mercy, and the Gospel. Philippians 1:27 says:

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ
(Philippians 1:27 NIV)

If there is someone that you are harboring ill will about, resentment over, something they done, then take this time to conduct yourself worthy of the Gospel of Christ in that while we were still sinners, He came and died for us.

EXTRA NOTE: There is a cliche that says, “I can forgive them but I don’t have to talk to them, etc”. That is NOT forgiveness. On a scale, that would be like God saying, I’ll forgive you but your still not going to spend eternity with Me. Christ did not say to forgive and leave them alone. He said to forgive and do good to them (Matt 5:43-48). Also, if you talk about what people have done to you, that’s not forgiveness either. Be honest with yourself and don’t let un-forgiveness stand between you and eternity with God - Because that is what the Bible says un-forgiveness does.
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