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When someone says, ?I can forgive, but I cannot forget,? they really are saying, ?I will not forgive.? Unforgiveness, resentment, and bitterness are spiritual maladies that keep many people from living a Spirit-filled life. Joyce Meyer says that keeping score of all the hurts we have suffered does more spiritual damage to us than those who have offended us. In fact, we can suffer serious physical illnesses as a result of unforgiveness. Is it difficult to forgive? Absolutely, but...
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When someone says, ¿I can forgive, but I cannot forget,¿ they really are saying, ¿I will not forgive.¿ Unforgiveness, resentment, and bitterness are spiritual maladies that keep many people from living a Spirit-filled life. Joyce Meyer says that keeping score of all the hurts we have suffered does more spiritual damage to us than those who have offended us. In fact, we can suffer serious physical illnesses as a result of unforgiveness. Is it difficult to forgive? Absolutely, but the rewards are well worth it.
In THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS, Joyce Meyer reveals that when we choose to forgive others, we release ourselves from sin¿s power. The act of forgiving them allows God to work his will and our healing in the situation. Forgiveness in the power that will change life of defeat into one of victory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446553223
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 12/14/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 303,020
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than eighty inspirational books, including Never Give Up!,The Secret to True Happiness, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life, the entire Battlefield of the Mind family of books, her first venture into fiction with The Penny,and many others. She has also released thousands of audio teachings, as well as a complete video library.

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The Power of Forgiveness

By Joyce Meyer

Warner Faith

Copyright © 2003 Joyce Meyer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-53249-5

Chapter One

God's Word for You

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound ...

Isaiah 61:1

Why We Must Forgive

Have you been hurt? Misused? Abused? Treated wrongly or improperly? Rejected? Has it affected your emotional state? Do you really want to be healed? Do you really want to get well? Will you forgive?

I believe that most people are abused in one way or another during their lifetime. It may come in the form of physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse. Whatever form it takes, abuse causes a root of rejection, which is a devastating problem in our day.

I know all too much about this. I was sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused from the time I can remember until I left home at the age of eighteen. I have been rejected, abandoned, betrayed, and divorced. I know what it means to hurt ... and I thank God that He has shown me how to recover.

Wounded emotions can become a prison that locks us into our pain and keeps others out. Perhaps you are in the condition in life where I was, an emotional prisoner. It's a bitter, resentful, angry prison cell, and forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door that holds us there. How long have you been there? Do you want to be free of it?

Jesus came to open prison doors and to set the captives free! He wants to heal you. Jesus is willing; are you?

God's Word for You

There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years.

When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?]

John 5:5-6

A Question for the Heart

For many, many years, "Why me, God?" was the cry of my heart, and it filled my thoughts and affected my attitude daily. I lived in the wilderness of self-pity, and it was a problem for me, my family, and the plan of God for my life. My troubled mind caused me to have a chip on my shoulder and to expect everyone else to fix my problem. I felt as though I was due something for the way I had been treated, but I was looking to people to pay me back when I should have been looking to God.

When Jesus addressed His question to the man who had been lying by the pool of Bethesda for thirty-eight years, He knew that self-pity would not deliver this man. "Do you want to become well?" are words of compassion to anyone who is trapped in an emotional prison and who has learned to function with their problem. They are words directed to the heart.

Gaining freedom from hurts and emotional bondages is not easy. I know. It will provoke feelings and emotions that have been "stuffed" rather than faced and dealt with. It may involve very real pain, but to be free and cleansed by the power of forgiveness is the only way to ever be fully well again.

God told me I could be pitiful or powerful, but I could not be both. I had to give up the self-pity to be free.


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Table of Contents

Part 1 Why We Must Forgive 9
A Question for the Heart 11
Personal Sin 13
What's Wrong with Me? 15
By Your Fruit 17
Problems People Manifest 19
Pretending 21
Starved for Love 23
Walls of Protection 25
Part 2 Receiving Forgiveness 29
Know the Truth 31
Confess Your Faults 33
Tell Yourself the Truth 35
Receive Your Forgiveness 37
Purchased by Jesus' Blood 39
Guilt and Condemnation 41
Forgiving God 43
Opening Up to God 45
Part 3 Forgiving Others 49
Why Be Tested? 51
Doorways of Pain 53
Be Quick to Forgive 55
A Root of Bitterness 57
Receive the Holy Spirit's Help 59
Bless, Not Curse 61
Forgiveness and Restoration 63
Forgiveness Versus Feelings 65
Part 4 Restoring the Soul 69
God's Predestined Plan 71
Memories 73
From the Pit to the Palace 75
Good from Bad 77
Opening the Ashes 79
My Cup Runneth Over 81
Restored to Worship 83
A Restored Conscience 85
Part 5 Dealing with Shame 89
Rooted Shame 91
Fruit of Shame 93
Our "Love Tank" 95
True Meekness 97
Accepted in the Beloved 99
Loving Yourself 101
Liking Yourself 103
A Twofold Recompense 105
Part 6 Living Free 109
Keeping a Proper Balance 111
Alive in Christ 113
Doers of the Word 115
Become Childlike 117
The Living Water 119
Hang Tough! 121
Go All the Way Through 123
Bridges Instead of Walls 125
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