Forgiveness and Bitterness

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In this Insight for Living video, Chuck Swindoll, author, radio broadcaster and Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX, talks about what forgiveness means, and what it does not mean.

Almost all of us have people in our lives that have hurt us. Take a moment to consider if there's someone who you haven't forgiven for an offense. What's holding you back from forgiving them?
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Read Matthew 18:21–35. What does this parable teach about forgiveness? Why does Jesus make such a big deal about this issue?
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Chuck also said that "to forgive does mean to forget." Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not? Aren't there some offenses that are so horrible that you will never actually forget them? What then?
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Chuck said that forgiveness "doesn't mean you agree with what happened, or will have a close relationship with the offender, but it does mean you let it go, forever." If we don't forgive, bitterness has the opportunity to take hold and destroy us. Take a moment and ask God for His strength to forgive that person that has wronged you.

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If you'd like to learn more about finding healing through forgiveness, our friends at Insight for Living recommend Chuck Swindoll's Finding Healing Through Forgiveness CD series. To view that series, click here.