Forgiveness is not for our personal freedom and happiness alone.  It's to bring freedom and restoration to all, especially to those who owe  us. It's to bring the mercy of God among us frail humans, waiting for redemption in a broken world. 
Biblical forgiveness releases us from our own anger and hurt.  Biblical forgiveness also releases us to bring the mercy we received from God out into the world to others. Forgiveness does simplify: the more forgiving we become, the less offense we take from others. Forgiveness does liberate: it opens our hearts rather than closes them to the suffering of others. Forgiveness does empower: it enables us to heal families and break generational sins.  Adapted from

Ephesians 4:32 (HCSB)

32  And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.



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