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With God, there's always a meanwhile. In other words, there's a physical reality we see in front of us, but meanwhile, there's also a spiritual reality of what our good God is always doing. Even if we don't know how everything's going to turn out, we can know that the goodness of God will sustain us. And, forgiveness is the perfect start to our healing...it shouldn't be our last resort.
It's hard to be fruitful while we're holding onto what's hurtful. Unforgiveness will have a compounding effect in our life and in the lives of those we interact with...far beyond what we even know. Releasing our right to be offended is an act of trust in God.
We forgive people from the overflow of what we really believe to be true about Christ. Do we see people as Christ sees them? Do we see ourselves as fellow-humans in need of Christ too? Do we believe Christ can redeem the situation, even if we are wronged? We can't control what people do to us. Bu...