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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Being a Father #4

Be slow to anger and quick to listen and forgive

James 1:19-21tells us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” and ready to forgive (my paraphrase of verse 21). I recently found a new perspective for forgiveness. The Daily Word (paraphrased), April 18, 2012 thought for the day: “I give the gift of forgiveness for the blessing of peace of mind.” Forgive is the combination of the words give and for. Ask yourself what you would be willing to give for peace of mind. Would you be willing to give up pain and anger to enjoy a better life? How about giving up judgment or criticism of your past for freedom to live in loving ways? This gives forgiveness a whole new powerful perspective.

"Be kind to one another . . ., forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you."
Ephesians 4:32

To find our more on forgiveness, read my August & September 2011 Love in Action Newsletters

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