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“Forgiveness doesn’t look like reconciliation.  Reconciliation takes two people. Forgiveness takes just one. You can forgive someone, but until they repent you’re not reconciled.  And in some situations, you may never be reconciled.”  Mark Driscoll   

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.  Unknown 

One reason why judging is wrong—is because it is putting one’s self in God’s place. He is the only Judge, with whom every human soul has to do. Judgment is not ours—but God’s. “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12. In condemning and censuring others—we are thrusting ourselves into God’s place, taking His scepter into our hands, and presuming to exercise one of His sole prerogatives!  JR Miller

Matthew 6:14  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

 Mark 11:25  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 Luke 17:4  and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.

 1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 Colossians 3:13  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

 Ephesians 1:7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.

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