Poison in Your Soul - #6225
You've been the forgivee - now you become the forgiver. Or you store poison in your soul; poison that will cripple or destroy so much that could have been. It's time for the antidote. It's time to be free. It's time to forgive.
Cutting the Cord That Slows You Down - #3494
The ironic thing about not forgiving someone is that our grudge actually ties us to them emotionally. We think about them a lot; they are a main character in what replays in our mind all the time. The very person you don't want to be tied to you are tied to by your bitterness toward them. That's why you haven't been able to run emotionally.
"Kind" in the Bible: Ephesians 4:32
Followers of Christ are encouraged to imitate Christ's life and values in their own lives. One obvious way we can do that is to imitate the kindness and compassion that Christ showed to everyone he encountered.
Bitterness in the Bible: Ephesians 4:31-32
A life defined by Christlike love has no room for bitterness. We're to put any lingering bitterness we hold behind us for good, along with anger, slander, and other negative emotions and words.
Forgiveness: The Power That Heals
If students could learn to forgive others from the heart, they would not resort to violence to even up the score. Innes' article presents a much-needed exhortation to forgive. Youth workers could use this article as a basis for a message to their students on the topic.