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In general, what would you say is the most important thing to you? The obvious answer to many would be God, but if we are strictly talking about intangible items, some might say it’s love. Others might just say comfort. Why, then, is the word ‘forgiveness the theme for all of Christianity? It’s a word that we’re all familiar with. It’s a word used many times in the Bible and it represents unwavering grace and mercy from our Savior. On Earth, though, we all struggle with it. Some of us even chose to avoid it altogether. I know there are people who have hurt me and people who have been hurt by me, resulting in a loss of a relationship because one of us wouldn’t forgive the other. Usually forgiveness just isn’t the most important thing to people. If we let some people walk out of our lives because we feel that they are unforgivable, we seem to find contentment with that decision. When Jesus died on the cross for us, however, it was God’s way of saying that we are all forgiven of our sins, that we are so loved by Him that he does not hold our evil ways against us. That He wants a relationship with us so badly that He won’t let our bad decisions ruin that relationship. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” -Ephesians 1:7 As we start a new day today, let’s all consider the importance of forgiveness and why God has made it such a large part of our relationship with Him. If Jesus died to forgive our every sin and we are to try and live as He did, forgiveness with others could be a good place to start. Hope you all have a great day ahead of you!

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