Forgive and forget

A short phrase with a lot of wisdom, “Forgive and forget.”  I heard it as a child, but only as I grew older did I realize the full scope of its wisdom.  It refers to wrongs done to us through the actions or inactions of others.  Little slights or major hurts inflicted upon us by others.  “Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you” and “Do not keep a record of hurts committed against you”.  You will live a happier life, and have more friends and a more amicable family life in the process.   Who has hurt you recently?  Or perhaps months or years ago?  Who do you need to forgive?  And likewise, can you humble yourself enough to ask for forgiveness for a hurt or estrangement, even though you may not feel at fault?  What would Jesus tell you to do?  What has Christ forgiven you?   “Love does not keep a record of wrongs, but rather is long suffering… and forgiving.”  (Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Colossians 3:12-15)

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