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Proverbs 25:10 NIV

By October 25, 2022No Comments

‬ “or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.”


The preceding verse is about taking a neighbor to court and more specifically betraying a confidence to try and bolster your case. Throughout Proverbs we are reminded that the result of forgiveness will always bring a better result than getting even, even if we might deserve to. I have been wronged. I had been pushed to take the people to court. I was assured I’d win. I chose not to. It was not a hard choice or even a consideration. The wise counsel in my life agreed. I know in that instance I might have won but the things I had to say about the others involved would cause lasting harm to their relationships. One of the best ways to avoid any relational issue is to master the art of forgiveness. I certainly can, as I’m sure you can, detail the benefits in a very practical, unemotional sense, of forgiveness. I call it the art of forgiveness because genuine forgiveness goes way beyond a checklist of pros and cons. It goes right to our very souls. – C.S. Lewis said us that, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” As Lewis reminds us, none of us have been wrongfully accused, gone through the mockery of a trial, been whipped, beaten and hung to die on a torturers cross, all while being 100% innocent. Yet Jesus did that willingly and forgave those doing it to Him while hanging there gasping for His final breath. Today live forgiven and forgiving. #BeTheEdge

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭32‬ ‭NIV‬

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