Nothing can really be said.  Nothing can really be earned.  Simply a choice one makes to be able to move forward.  A gift, that is given willingly, whether or not it is ever acknowledged, is between the receiver and God. 

To withhold the gift is like crimping off a water hose.  Water that brings living water to a dry and crumbling land.  To remove the crimp allows living water to flow and brings new life.
A gift of new life, that gives first to the giver, then to the receiver.  God’s ways are so different from our own.  To receive we must give away, to live we must die, and to gain we must consider it all loss.  To be forgiven, we must forgive.
Forgiveness is a gift, which is given but needs to be activated.  It is not enough to receive, but it must be received and given away to work.    Like pulling the plastic out of the watch to active the battery, we must forgive others as He has forgiven us.  We must take action with the gift to receive its power.

Forgiveness is a lifestyle, it is a neighborhood you live in.  It is the light that shines in your face and gives others the impressilon that you have a perfect life, when the truth is that you have struggles like everyone else.  It gives Joy and Peace that is unexplainable outside of Christ. 

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NAS

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She has written for (in)courage, Allume, The High Calling, Deeper Waters, and Outside The City Gates. She is currently co-hosting podcasts for The Consilium, and creating her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named lil girl. As a retired Dental Hygienist, she enjoys capturing in photographs God’s artwork to share on her blog. She looks for images to give joy and cause you to ponder. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried Shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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