Forgive Completely

By Linda Tancs

The Bible calls on us not to earnestly remember the former things (Isaiah 43:18). When you “earnestly” remember something, you purposefully bring it to your consciousness. That’s especially problematic when it comes to forgiveness. After all, Jesus said that we’re to forgive completely (Matthew 18:21-22). That doesn’t mean you call a truce; it’s a matter of total amnesty. Leave it, drop it, let it go. Forgive others as you would like God to forgive you (Matthew 6:12).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Rejoice in Others

By Linda Tancs

You may be familiar with the concept of Schadenfreude, a satisfaction derived from someone else’s misfortune. It’s as old as time. The prophet Jeremiah was acutely aware of it, noting that his “friends” were on the watch for any misstep (Jeremiah 20:10). Maybe you’ve experienced it—at home, at work, online. It’s an act of betrayal, and it hurts. Nonetheless, the Lord commands that we love our enemies, do good to those who hate or mistreat us (Luke 6:27-28). Rejoice in others, even when it hurts. God will extend to you the same mercy that you extend to others (Matthew 6:12).

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