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Practicing Forgiveness

The Bible tells us that forgiveness is something that the Lord requires us to practice. In Leviticus 19:18, it is stated:

“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD”

God tells us that we should learn how to treat one another with forgiveness and love, even after we have been wronged. That is not to say that we become doormats. In fact, Leviticus 19:17 reads;

“You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him”

The passage above states that God allows for us to stand up for ourselves if we have been treated unfairly, for so long as we do not sin by taking revenge. After we say our piece, we have done our part and are expected to forgive and move on, focusing our energy on more productive things.

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