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No Forgiveness From The Heart

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What does this mean to you? What happens if we don't forgive from the heart and yet say we do?

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How do you define - forgiveness from the heart'?
---Trisha on 6/2/08

I agree with Gabby. God never asks us to do something that He wont help us with. Read about Cory Tin Boom (spelling?), such an amazing story of forgiveness. She says forgiveness is a matter of our will, not our emotions, and that if we decide to forgive, God will GIVE us the forgiveness. :-)
---Todd1 on 5/24/08

God says if we don't forgive each other then He will not forgive us.There is nothing that we shouldn't be able to forgive when it comes to spending Eternity with Our Heavenly Father.Yes it takes time to forget,and we do have to forget because that is another way of saying you can't forgive.I go to the Father in Jesus Name and ask Him to give me the strength to draw from His Strength to forgive.I will let nothing stand in my way when it comes to God.
---Gabby on 5/23/08

It is a deep thing. An attitude deep down. Where God lives.
---catherine on 5/8/08

God is characterized early in the life of Israel [can be an individual or nation of today], as a God who both forgives and holds the guilty accountable [Exodus 34: 7, Neh. 9:17]. [forgiveness is a vital idea for NT theology].>>>The idea that God's business is to forgive and thus forgiveness is secured by any and all who ask, regardless of intent, is not Bible. Take for exanple>>in numbers is a young man who breaks the Sabbath. His Judgment occurs on the spot. A warning to all of us. SABBATH. keep it.
---catherine on 4/14/08

Dear Nicola, I hope you know that your father knows you have forgiven him. I hope you know how precious you are. I hope you know that you are beautiful.

Thank you for your deep and tender and generous gift of a blog.
---deb on 4/9/08

I have forgiveness a certain person many, many times and have recently decided never to be in that person's company again. Because of that decision I have been accused of being unforgiving. That is not so. I just feel that I shouldn't keep giving this person the opportunity to hurt me again amd keeping my distance prevents that. I have a life to live and I can do it better with a distance between us.
---RitaH on 4/7/08

Rebecca D, I agree with you and really think you can forgive but you don't forget. I would also say God told us to be wise and wisdom comes from experience,if we forget all the wrongs we have forgiven, where would learning our lesson be and wisdom come from? I think the true test of forgiveness is when you "can" remember what was done wrong to you, but it just doesn't matter anymore,it's not important. Then you are free and have peace.
---Darlene_1 on 4/7/08

Two things come to mind with forgiveness:
One was when my dad and I went under a HUGE falling out. During that time my beloved Papa died of lung cancer and a piece of me was cut off like someone taking a piece of skin from my body and yanking it off. We went for years without a word and I said things I shouldn't have said out of anger. The pillar of my spine was crumbling and being held together by toothpaste is the best I can describe it.
---Nicola on 4/7/08

(Take 2): It took what I believe was Satan to bring some jerk my way and an event that made me think, this isn't me. What am I doing? (this even was known by psychologists and family experts as something that could be prevented by having a father a daughter's life.) So I started looking into forgiveness for dad as well as being forgiven. ...Then there's another:
---Nicola on 4/7/08

(take 3): There's this other person from my childhood that had shaped my views on guys even worse than my dad could have ever done. I watched him put my mother's head *Through* a wall, strangle her with phone cord and Praise GOd I was not hurt physically but his actions left a wrinkle in my brain that has shaped me in some way. I'm going to have to pray for help forgiving him if I'm to move on. Ohhh this is going to take work. Prayers anyone?
---Nicola on 4/7/08

I have heard the expression, if you haven't forgotten the problem or person, then you didn't really forgive. That isn't so. It is hard to forgive someone who has done done something to you. The reason why a person doesn't forget things is because it is in the back of their mind and Satan knows this and he'll bring it back to your memory, to stir up stink. And some people hang onto the past, holding it above one's head, and judge them because of their past.
---Rebecca_D on 4/5/08

I think forgiveness is a process. God helps us through it if we ask Him. All good things come from God. God forgives us perfectly, but I've done nothing perfectly in my life, and that would include forgiveness.

If I don't forgive others, I am hurting myself, and I am not doing what God expects.
---deb on 4/5/08

Well, I do need to forgive "from the heart", but I can fool myself into wishfully thinking I have forgiven. And, even if I do really forgive someone, memories can still come back, brought by you know who. But then, after I have become a more mature Christian in God's love, I can do a better job of forgiving and praying God's blessing to the person. But when I do this, people may suddenly disappear from memory, "for some strange reason" (o: Satan does not bring them for love's prayer.
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/5/08

If a person says they forgive someone but the forgiveness didn't come from the heart, then Christ won't forgive that person. No matter how many times a person apologizes, if forgiveness doesn't come from the heart then it is just empty words. It is hard to forgive someone who done you wrong. But to me it is even harder to ask for forgiveness from a person you've done wrong.
---Rebecca_D on 4/5/08

Prayers hit the ceiling. They go unanswered for years and years.

Check your temperature. A fly doesn't stick to a hot plate.

A good guage is how many of your prayers are being answered. If you can't remember the last time one was answered, better get down on your knees and ask God for forgiveness and forgive others.
Unforgiveness and hatred hinders prayers from ever being answered.
---Ted on 4/4/08

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