Family Fire: How Do I Forgive?

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It’s with the people closest to us that we experience our greatest joys and deepest sorrows in this life. It is they whom we can hurt the most, and it is by them that we can be the most severely scarred. How do I forgive? That’s a question that can be more difficult to answer in our close relationships than in any other relational circumstance. The situations that can require radical forgiveness in close relationships are actually too painful to speculate about. Yet, we do not have to forgive in our power. We forgive as He forgives us; in the power of the Holy Spirit. In these first weeks of Lent, Family Fire from ReFrame Media, has delved into themes about forgiveness, bringing a distinctly reformed perspective. 

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How Do I Forgive? By Lynne Scherschel. Like it or not, God commands us to forgive. There is no qualifier or exception to this command. Disobedience in this area is rebellion and opens the door for the enemy to have legal right to oppress us.

Why Should I Forgive? By Deb Koster. You may be completely justified in your emotions, but living with ongoing bitterness toward someone else will only cause you further distress. Here are six good reasons to forgive.

How Do I Forgive? Write a Letter of Lament and Forgiveness. By Steven Koster. We all want to be the bigger person, the kind who forgives others as God has forgiven us. But it's not always that easy. Sometimes we bear not only scars, but bleeding wounds of fear, anger, and resentment towards those who have mistreated us. We want to forgive, but how? Here's one idea: write a letter of lament and forgiveness to the person who hurt you.

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"What is Lent?" Has one of your kids ever asked you that question? Lent is a 40-day season before Easter to focus on the hope of Jesus Christ through His death on the Cross and His Resurrection. The Today Daily Devotional, a sister publication of Family Fire, is offering a free devotion series to help your family focus on the Cross during the season of Lent. Lent Devotion Series

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