With, Not What

With, Not What

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THE TWELVE APOSTLESAt about that same time he climbed a mountain to pray.  He was there all night in prayer before God.  The next day he summoned his disciples; from them he selected twelve he designated as apostles:Simon, whom he named Peter,Andrew, his brother,James, JohnPhilipBartholomew,Matthew,Thomas,James, son of Alphaeus,Simon, called the Zealot,Judas, son of James,Judas Iscariot, [...]

If you're a Christian, you aren't expected to treat others the way you've been treated by others; you've been called to treat people the way you've been treated by your Father in heaven.  You don't forgive because the other person deserves it; you forgive because you've been forgiven.Andy Stanley  Breaking Free from the Four Emotions [...]

In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.  Forgiveness is the gift that ensures my freedom from a prison of bitterness and resentment.  When I accept forgiveness from God, I'm [...]