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1 Peter 2:24

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

When we are wronged it is so easy to add it to the imaginary list that we keep. When that person wrongs us again we pull out the list and we have to talk about every wrong that person has ever done to us. Image if Christ did that to us. I know for me I would be setting there a long time before he was finished. I am thankful instead he just died for me, was buried and rose again.  My sins are forgiven through his blood.

I have a really good memory.  Most of the time having a good memory is a good thing but other times not so good.  It makes it hard to let things go.  This has made it hard to get close to people because I expect so much from them.  I expect that others think and remember like me but they don’t.  With my husband it has made disagreements escalate to all out wars.  It has taken a lot of time and effort to learn how to forgive.   Below are the top three things I did to learn how to forgive.

Learning How to Forgive

FIRST: I must learn to forgive others just as Christ has forgiven me. Never to remind that person of what they have done again.  Once we confess our sins to Christ they are as far as the east is from the west.  If I am to live like Christ I have to remind myself to not bring up past wrongs of others.

Psalms 103:11-12

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us

SECOND: Learn to not be like the elephant and just forget.  There is an old saying that “elephants never forget”.  I looked on the internet and there are several sites that talk about the proof that an elephant does have a good memory.  This is one of the sites I liked:  But if we continue to remember the things others do to us we only torture ourselves.

THIRD: Use my memory for good.  A good memory is not a bad thing it can be very useful and edifying for the body of Christ.  We need one another in the body of Christ.  This world wants to beat us down, and their father the Devil does not want to see us prosper.  We need to take all the things God has giving us and use it to build up the body of Christ not to destroy it.

How do you use the talents and gifts God has given you to build up the body of Christ?

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