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Sundown Devotional: Forgive and Remember

MsDora, a certified Christian counselor, explores facts, attitudes and habits that can help us maintain our physical and mental wellbeing.

Forgive and Remember. Photo by Shelley Steinhorst

Forgive and Remember. Photo by Shelley Steinhorst

The Devotional

Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

In 1995, Azim Khamisa lost his twenty-year old son to a bullet from fourteen-year old Tony Hicks. In Khamisa's Muslim faith, the mourner is encouraged forty days after his loss, to channel his grief into a deed of compassion. He reached out to the offender's grandfather and guardian to offer his forgiveness.

In his CBS interview, the father said that he expected to see a killer in Hicks, but instead, when they met, he saw a soul very much like his own. Khamisa now corresponds with Hicks and has become a surrogate father who promises to be there when the prisoner is paroled in 2027.

Khamisa’s philosophy is that having rescued Tony Hicks with his love, he has given Tony the tools to rescue many others. What representation of God's love for us who are offered redemption through the death of His Son!

While we may struggle to forget the betrayal, disappointment, humiliation caused by offenses, we do not want to forget the positive effects of forgiveness which can empower us to move forward.

  • Remember that God forgives us continually and abundantly, so we can afford to share His forgiveness generously with others.
  • Remember that forgiveness frees us from resentment and hate which imprison only us, not our offenders.
  • Remember that forgiveness grows our resilience and character strengths; it makes us stronger, not weaker, when we move forward.
  • Remember that forgiveness clears our minds to appreciate the contributions of departed loved ones; it does not fill us with regret over opportunities they did not get.
  • Remember that only after we forgive, does God reveal how what seems like the greatest evil, He can turn into the greatest good. (Genesis 50:20)
  • Remember that we are forgiven as we forgive. (Matthew 6:14)

Love, joy and peace of mind are beneficial to our well-being. They do not reside in hearts that are crippled with thoughts of retaliation and revenge. We do ourselves a life-giving favor when we accept into our hearts and lives the principles of God's forgiveness.

Prayer: Thank You, Heavenly Father the gift of Your forgiveness. Please help us demonstrate our gratitude by sharing this boundless gift with those who offend us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Forgive everybody.

Forgive everybody.

Ten Forgiveness Quotes to Remember

  1. “Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” ―Jonathan Huie
  2. "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." ―Mark Twain
  3. "There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. ―Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ―C.S. Lewis
  5. “A broken friendship that is mended through forgiveness can be even stronger than it once was.” ―Stephen Richards
  6. “True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.” ―Oprah Winfrey
  7. “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” ―Anne Lamott
  8. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ―Marianne Williamson
  9. "It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody." ―Maya Angelou
  10. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ―Steve Maraboli
Forgive ... you deserve peace. Photo by Max Dawncat

Forgive ... you deserve peace. Photo by Max Dawncat

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© 2016 Dora Weithers

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