Forgiveness means giving ourselves permission to be wronged without retaining the right to repay evil for evil. Psalm 34:12-16 tells us we must pursue peace actively. Specifically the verse states: He/She ‘must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.’ When a husband or wife create evil in the home they are standing directly in a state of sin. This means we must give ourselves permission to be wronged. We must forgive the other even when we remain silent and the abuser’s tongue is lashing evil. ‘Be Still. And know that I am God.’ (Ps. 46:10). He will do the rest.
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