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Unforgivenss weakens our love, even toward our friends. Corrie ten Boom points out the physical consequences of not forgiving:
"I knew forgiving not only as a commandment of God but as a daily experience. Since the end of the war I had had a home in Holland for victims of Nazi brutality. Those who were able to forgive their former enemies were able also to return to the outside world and rebuild their lives, no matter what the physical scars. Those who nursed their bitterness remained invalids. It was as simple and as horrible as that."
We say it's tough to forgive, but it's really much tougher not to forgive - to be restricted in all we do by the heavy chains of resentment. Forgiving frees us. Forgiving makes life easier, not harder. To forgive doesn't imply that we agree with the wrong that was done, nor does it mean indifference. Forgiving is releasing from our judgment entirely the one who has hurt us, giving that person over to God, and wishing for better things in the future.
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