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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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November 29, 2011 - The Healing Power of Forgiveness

By Beatrice Northcutt

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25,26, KJV).

Have you ever had to forgive someone who had hurt you deeply? Do you remember the resentment and stubbornness in your heart, as you wrestled with your innermost being and tried to justify yourself for not forgiving?

Forgiving does not come easily, particularly if the wrong was willfully committed. But Jesus didn’t say to forgive if it was a small or great wrong; He only said if you have ought against someone to forgive him when you pray. Why?

When we pray we are opening avenues to the throne of God and bringing a petition for guidance or some need. None of us is so holy that we don’t need to ask God to forgive us from time to time. Can we afford not to have His forgiveness? He said, “If you don’t forgive others, I won’t forgive you.” That is pretty plain.

Unforgiveness puts up many roadblocks in our Christian walk. Number one is the block to our prayers being answered. It also opens the way for many illnesses when we don’t forgive. I often wonder how many people are sick because of resentment and hatred toward someone they refused to forgive. Forgiving when someone wrongs us brings healing to our bodies as well as our soul and gives us back the freedom to worship God and have complete faith when we come to Him with our petitions.

One time in my life I was deeply hurt by an acquaintance, and it gnawed at me day and night. It was like a putrid, oozing sore in my soul, and I was ill at ease when in their presence. It dominated my thoughts and my whole life. But one day I prayed for this person and I felt better. It was like God put some soothing balm on that sore, so I prayed for them every day. Then I got a beautiful card. “If I have hurt you, or offended you in any way, please forgive me,” I wrote. Then I mailed it to their home.

This person never asked me to forgive them, but by my act of forgiveness, God gave me the release to go on with my life. That’s what forgiving does for us. Jesus knew we would be bound as long as we held unforgiveness in our hearts, and He came to free us!

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

That verse says it all!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.



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