The Daily Word - Thursday, June 3, 2010

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Through forgiveness, I am free to live a full and joyful life.

If in the course of my day I accumulate resentments, it is like picking up rocks and putting them in my pocket.

If I collect the rocks and hold on to them day after day, month after month, I feel the burden grow.

When I refuse to let resentments go, I am weighed down by the hurt and anger I carry.

Forgiveness means looking beyond behaviors.

Without condoning hurtful actions, I accept that each of us is doing the best we can in that moment. The truth is that we are all children of God and nothing can diminish or change that.

As I release the belief that I can lose my good or lose my power, I let go of the negativity weighing me down and I forgive. Freed of resentment, I am ready to love others, to laugh and to live joyfully.

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone.--Mark 11:25