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Forgiveness

The Issue

imageSomeone has said, "Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is the power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness."

If you want to get rid of your resentment and bitterness, the first step is to forgive—and to truly forgive someone, you have to let go of whatever it is you are harboring in your heart against that person. That may be hard to do, but you can’t say you forgive, but can never forget. If you continue to blame the other person, you become responsible for your own unhappiness.

No matter what problems your bitterness or resentment may stem from, love can be like a balm that heals the hurt. Even if you don’t understand exactly what the problem is between you and the other person, love is the answer! Have love in your heart toward that person, and it will give you a new start.

Emergency Landing

Bob Hoover, a famous test pilot and frequent performer at air shows, was returning to his home in Los Angeles from an air show in San Diego. As described in the magazine Flight Observation, at three hundred feet in the air, both engines of his plane suddenly stopped. By deft maneuvering he managed to land the aircraft, but it was badly damaged, although nobody was hurt.

Hoover's first act after the emergency landing was to inspect the airplane fuel. Just as he suspected, the World War II propeller plane he had been flying had been fueled with jet fuel rather than gasoline. Upon returning to the airport, he asked to see the mechanic who had serviced his airplane.

The young man was sick with the agony of his mistake. Tears streamed down his face as Hoover approached. He had just caused the loss of a very expensive plane and had almost caused the loss of three lives as well. You can imagine Hoover's anger. One could anticipate the tongue-lashing that this proud and precise pilot would unleash for such carelessness.

But Hoover didn't scold the mechanic; he didn't even criticise him. Instead, he put his big arm around the man's shoulder and said, "To show you I'm sure that you'll never do this again, I want you to service my F-51 tomorrow."

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Think About It…

What the Bible Says...

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37, NIV)

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