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  1. Gail on January 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Bro. Jeff,

    Just wanted to let you know that the Lord has healed my unforgiving spirit. Praise Him!

    As soon as I became willing to forgive, He took over. As long as I remained unwilling, He could do nothing for me. On Saturday night, I repented, and within the hour I was whole again. Peace and joy were restored to me! “My chains fell off; my heart was free!”

    Thank you for your tremendous assistance in this area. You had been preaching repentance and forgiveness to me pretty regularly lately–whether or not realized it. 🙂

    The Lord bless you and your family!



  2. Gail on November 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

    As always, thank you for your insights, Jeff. I really appreciate them.
    I do have a serious question on this subject, though.
    I have been fed the “forgiveness all around” bit for almost 22 years. Until a few weeks ago, I believed it, too. But, I have been confronted with the fact that, while God willingly forgives those who repent and ask, He does REQUIRE those things. If He does not forgive “all around” (and He doesn’t), why would I expect that He would give me the ability to do something that He cannot do?
    I read and posted this today, but I came to a very similar conclusion myself a few weeks ago:
    http://www.worldmag.com/2012/11/bound_by_blood
    Just as we take the NT passages regarding answered prayer as a “package” (God answers prayer that conforms to His will only, even though there are Scriptures that do not mention that one little prerequisite, 🙂 such as Matthew 21:21-22), why would we not take passages on forgiveness as a “package” also? Many Scripture passages specifically mention that repentance (or confession) and asking for forgiveness are required.
    I would really appreciate your thoughts from the Word on this issue.
    Thank you very much.