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In the book of John, Jesus talks about being free in John 8:31, 32 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Immediately after teaching His followers to pray, Jesus gave a warning about allowing unforgiveness to reside in our hearts. He said that those who refuse to forgive others won’t be forgiven by the Father. Do not misunderstand Jesus’ meaning here. Believers don’t lose our salvation when we refuse to forgive. Rather, we break fellowship with God because our unrepentant attitude gets in the way of regular confession and repentance. The Lord cannot ignore sin, and His Spirit will bring wrong behavior to the believer’s attention until he or she deals with it.
Forgiveness is an act of the will more than an act of the heart. Often people don’t feel like being merciful to someone who has wronged them. But a resentful spirit grows into a terrible burden. The Lord knows that forgiveness is best, even when it is difficult and through this forgiveness and practicing God’s principles in our daily lives we become free.

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