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Scriptures: Matthew 18:27-35
What happens if you don’t forgive? If you refuse to forgive someone, no matter how justified you may feel that you are, what does that mean about your relationship to God? What does it mean about your relationship to others? What does it mean about your relationship to yourself? In this message, Dr. Merritt looks at the dangers of bitterness and carrying grudges, and teaches how to break through the barrier of bitterness so that we do not fail to enjoy the freedom that comes from forgiveness.
"Your awareness and your gratitude for the unbelievable forgiveness that you have received from God will be directly tied to your willingness to forgive others." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.