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"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32 KJV).

What I've come to learn after being in the ministry for over 20 years, is that at this time of year certain emotions begin to come to the forefront which can hinder believers from giving God praise for the upcoming celebration of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The world parades as though everybody should automatically be cheerful. But for many people it is just the opposite. Depression sets in during holiday times, anger arises, bitterness is magnified, unforgiveness is at its highest peak, and tragedies run rampant.

The negative emotions that people have held in their heart over the years begin to well up. Then they meditate on it instead of dealing with it according to the Word of God.

Holding on to past hurts is a tremendous hindrance to the power of God in your life. However, forgiveness can cause these past hurts to dissipate, and bring you to your position of victory, with Satan under your feet. You can forgive that person.

You can look at it this way. If anybody had a right to have a complaint against us, it was Jesus. But He treats us with such love, in that while we were yet sinners, He forgave us and died on the cross for us.

But it didn't stop at the cross. The reason we should make this "the most wonderful time of the year" is because Jesus is still extending forgiveness to us today. Maybe we've missed the mark over and over again. The good news is that His Word is still the same.

He's waiting for you to come to Him so He can cleanse you with His forgiveness. He'll not cast you away. He forgives you and throws your sin as far as the east is from the west. Now that's a whole lot different that what we deserve.

Receive God's forgiveness and love. Then what will please Him is that you turn right around and forgive others of those things of the past. If Jesus forgave them; if Jesus died for them, certainly you can forgive them.

Let it go; that way you can truly enjoy the holiday season in peace for the rest of your life. Yes, it can be for you the most wonderful time of the year!

Scripture References: John 6:37; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 1:9

Keith Butler Ministries
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Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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