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For Christmas this year John Clark suggests giving Jesus the perfect gift. “Forgive those who trespass against you.” And embrace the Child Jesus anew.
Every Christmas, we spend considerable time, energy, and/or money trying to locate the right gift. But the ideal gift—the truly perfect gift—is not found online or at Wal-Mart or Target or even Neiman Marcus.
Heart - Soul - Mind - Strength - Money
It is found within your own heart, soul, mind, and strength. It costs no money. It makes the world a better place. And, if used properly, it lasts forever. It’s called forgiveness.
If you’re a Christian, you’ve heard plenty of sermons about the need to forgive, and maybe you’ve done a good job forgiving others in the past. But I’d be willing to wager that, for many of us, there is one nagging offense that we find terribly difficult to forgive.
Comment - Someone - Lie - Someone - Spread
Maybe it was a humiliating comment someone made about you; maybe it was a lie someone spread against you. Maybe it was something far, far worse.
Maybe it was something done or said not to you, but to someone you love very much. For instance, some of us parents find it easy to forgive transgressions against ourselves, but find it darn near impossible to forgive injustices committed against our children.
Transgression - Someone - Friend - Brother - William
Maybe it was a transgression committed by someone you deeply love, like a close friend or a brother. Why did he do that? Doesn’t he know how much I love him? Didn’t he love me? Why didn’t he stand up for me when it really mattered? Perhaps this is why William Blake wrote, “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”
Maybe it’s something that has caused you enormous pain, but the perpetrator isn’t the least bit sorry. In fact, the other person might deny your pain, refuse to recognize your pain, or even...
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