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Relationships: Forgiving From The Heart - The Reverend Andria Skornik

Relationships: Forgiving From The Heart - The Reverend Andria Skornik

As Peter learns when he asks Jesus how many times he must forgive someone who has wronged him, there is no limit to forgiveness in God's eyes. Just as the parable's merciful king forgave a debt impossible to repay, so has God forgiven each and everyone of us an impossible debt as well. Being created in the image of God, that great mercy lives in us all. Forgiveness is easier when we acknowledge all that we have been given and forgiven; the prison into which the slave in the parable is cast is one of his own making, he is tortured not for his unforgiving but by it. Real forgiveness, forgiving from the heart, means to not focus on our ability to forgive but to act based on what we have been forgiven and to release the offender from the sentence of our judgement. In real forgiveness we release ourselves from the prison of the other person's sin; in releasing them we are ourselves released. Influential Source: "Absolution: Forgiveness," sermon by Pastor Kurt Kroon, 06-17-17 Casca

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