by Rev. Vince Finnegan on December 3, 2006
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Matthew 6:9-12 Forgiveness is nonnegotiable. If we want the forgiveness of God, we must forgive others.

Matthew 6:14 and 15 Only one aspect of the prayer, he discussed further. "The greatest block to receiving healing at the deepest level is unforgiveness." Wallowing in unforgiveness creates such disruption in our physical and emotional being that the consequences can be quite serious.

Matthew 18:21-35 Our Lord taught there is no end to forgiveness.

Mark 11:25 and 26 Do we have to forgive those who do not ask for forgiveness? Jesus said, "IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST ANYONE."

Luke 23:34; I Peter 2:21-23 It is important for those struggling with forgiveness to recognize that they are not forgiving innocent people. They are forgiving the guilty. Honesty requires that we recognize that there has been real hurt and those who have brought it about are responsible before God for their behavior. God will repay them, He simply tells us not to try to do His job for Him.

Romans 12:19

1. Express these negative feelings instead of submerging and suppressing them.
2. Accept your responsibility for your negative, hateful feelings.
3. Confess your reactionary sins, if possible at 3 levels:

1) God
2) Fellow believers
3) Those for whom you hold the unforgiveness

1. Ask yourself if you really want to be healed of your emotional bruising.
2. By faith, choose to forgive all those who have hurt you.
3. Choose to forgive yourself and accept God's forgiveness for your sins.
4. Break any inroads of Satan in your life which came through the abuse and the abuser.

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