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How do we know when we have forgiven?

Jesus instructed us to 'turn the other cheek'. Doesn't seem fair does it... to risk getting hurt again. Well remember 'its not all about me' you have been bought with a great price. Jesus gave everything for your salvation and restoration of your relationship with His Father and us with each other...

Why?

Some say 'I can forgive but I don't have to trust again', well there is a case for this if the offender's behaviour has not changed and continues to be destructive. However we need to always be ready to trust again as...

The objective of forgiveness is reconciliation...

does Jesus no longer trust you again when you make a mistake?

You see, there cannot be disunity within the Body of Christ, He is returning to a glorious and wonderful church. This is why He was so strong about settling relationship issues before coming to worship.

Secondly, we turn the other cheek to make an open door to show love and grace to the unbeliever with a hope of leading them to Jesus. Every person seeks acceptance and when it costs me to offer grace and acceptance then this is an expression of genuineness of who I say I am. It also conveys the heart of how Jesus feels about them. You may well be the only 'Jesus' they will ever meet.

You will know when you have forgiven when you have a desire to reconcile no matter what has happened in the past and no matter what it costs you to do so.

Take up the Cross, there are no free rides if you are serious about flowing Jesus.

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