into your hands I commit my spirit

 (Genesis
50:19-20) …you meant evil against
me, but God meant it for good in order to
bring about this present result, to preserve
many people alive.
 The essence of grace is to show mercy to
those who deserve punishment
(Luke 23:46) Jesus called
out with a loud voice,
"Father, into your hands I
commit my spirit." When he
had said this, he breathed
his last.
(Luke 23:34) Jesus said,
"Father, forgive them, for
they do not know what they
are doing."
(Acts 7:59) While they
were stoning him, Stephen
prayed, "Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit."
(Acts 7:60) Then he fell on
his knees and cried out,
"Lord, do not hold this sin
against them." When he
had said this, he fell
 (Luke
6:27) Love your enemies. Do good to those who
hate you… {35} Then your reward will be great, and
you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind
to the ungrateful and wicked. {36} Be merciful, just as
your Father is merciful.
 (Ephesians 4:32) Be kind and compassionate to one
another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God
forgave you.
 Forgiveness
is choosing to accept the blood of
Jesus as full payment for what my offender did.
 “Of
the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the
most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips
over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue
the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come,
to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain
you are given and the pain you are giving back--in
many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief
drawback is that what you are wolfing down is
yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.”
 Frederick Buechner
Forgiveness is choosing to accept the blood of Jesus
as full payment for what my offender did.
From SALT (Seven Areas of Life
Training) #3 p. 29-38)
(Acts 22:4) I persecuted the followers of this Way to their
 (Acts 26:10-11) I put many of the saints in prison, and when
they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. {11} …In
theto grace
of God
obsession against
them, But
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what Ithem.
am, and his grace to me was not
 (Galatians 1:13) … intensely I persecuted the church of God
effect. No, I worked harder than all of
and tried to destroy it.
of God
the that
me. 1:12-13) … I was once a blasphemer and a
(1 Timothy
persecutor and a violent man…
 (1 Corinthians 15:9) For I am the least of the apostles and do
not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted
the church of God…