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    • 1. ♫ Turn on your speakers! CLICK TO ADVANCE SLIDES Copyright © 2007 Tommy's Window. All Rights Reserved
    • 2. Forgiveness seems to go against your sense of what is right and fair. So you hold onto your anger, punishing people over and over again in your mind for the pain they've caused.
    • 3. People who want to forget what was done to them will find they cannot do it. The thoughts and hurts keep coming back. The healing cannot begin until you forgive.
    • 4. God tells you never to take your own revenge (Romans 12:19). Trust that God will deal with that person justly and fairly.
    • 5. Forgiveness is mainly a matter of obedience to God. He wants you to be free.
    • 6. You are going to have to live with those consequences, whether you like it or not. Your choice is whether you will do so in the bondage of bitterness or in the freedom of forgiveness. You may wonder where the justice is in it. Justice is found at the cross, which makes forgiveness legally and morally right.
    • 7. Jesus did not wait for those who were crucifying Him to apologize before He forgave them. "Father, forgive them," He prayed, "for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34).
    • 8. Too often we're afraid of the pain, so we bury our emotions deep down inside us. Let God bring them to the surface so He can begin to heal those damaged emotions.
    • 9. You will never get there. Make the hard choice to forgive even if you don't feel like it. Once you choose to forgive, Satan will have lost his power over you in that area, and God's healing touch will be free to move.
    • 10. Let go of the past, refusing to bring up old issues with the person who wronged you or with others who will listen. Reject any thought of revenge.
    • 11. Lord, I choose to forgive (name that person) for (what they did) even though it made me feel (share the painful feeling). Lord, I choose not to hold any of these things against (name) any longer. I thank You for setting me free from the bondage of my bitterness toward (name). I now ask You to bless (name). In Jesus' name, I pray. For more PowerPoint messages visit: www.tommyswindow.com