As I shared in Part 1, I had a burning desire to speak to others about God, but my past

(my fathers involvement with the Colombian Cartel, the kidnapping of my sister, the death threats to my family) interfered with my present, preventing me from moving forward daily, I woke with pain and heaviness inside of me.

For years, the weight and pressure on my chest drove me to the doctors. I thought something was wrong with my heart, but the doctor said my heart was normal.

One day as I listened to worship music, I heard God speaking to me saying “Jose, I love you. It has been too long. You’ve got to forgive your dad and everyone that hurt you. Let it Go! I don’t want you to hurt anymore. I want you to have my peace, to trust Me. Trust that I’m going to lead and comfort you.”

I didn’t ignore Jesus. I surrendered to Him. I felt as though something was ripped off my chest. I felt more peace and joy.

Now each day I wake up I am so happy because I was able to forgive. If you don’t forgive you will live in pain and anger.

The word is clear. God expects us to forgive as many times as we need to… Remember when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive others who sin against him, Jesus told him “I tell you not seven times, but seventy times seven" (Matthew 18:21-22)

You need to surrender to Jesus and allow Him to help you forgive everyone that hurt you. That’s what God wants.

GOD is BIG and He can bring healing to our broken hearts (Psalm 147:3) Jesus is our greatest example of forgiveness and He too forgave those who had beaten, kicked, spit on Him and crucified Him.

At the cross, Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do." (Luke 23:34). Today, we know that Jesus wants us to forgive just as He has forgiven us. He wants us to be free and not burdened by bitter and unforgiveness.

If you’ve chosen Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you’ve received forgiveness. Choose His way and forgive all who’ve hurt you. Jesus will help you. Let’s be like Him and forgive!

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Have you ever had a hard time forgiving others? I always have. It's difficult because our hearts are broken. We are prideful when it comes to forgiveness. Satan uses this to kill and destroy us (John 10:10).

Unforgiveness will destroy you from the inside and take your peace and joy. But love forgives. Isn't that a core belief of our Christianity? God so loved the world… (John 3:16)

I was born in Colombia. When I was five, my brother and I we're playing in the front yard when we noticed men coming out of their limousine with guns! We ran, screaming for help, hoping to make it inside before they caught us. Once we were inside one of the men grabbed my brother, picked him up and put a gun to his head. The man told mom that they were looking for my dad. They said if Dad didn’t show his face within two days they would return and kill us.

I remember when these men took my little sister, never to see her again. My dad was with the Colombian cartel.

We had to flee and come to New York. Because of my experiences in Colombia, I was unable to concentrate in school. I had a lot of bitterness and hatred, and I didn't care about anyone. I didn't know Jesus at that time, but what I do know is that he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

I remember getting involved with the wrong crowd and doing crazy things. I didn't know if I would die in a shootout or end up in jail. I tried to commit suicide twice. At age 13, I put a gun to my head, but I just couldn't do it. During my second attempt at suicide, I took pills, but nothing happened. Praise God

My turning point came 16 years ago when I became a Christian and confessed with my mouth that I am a Sinner. (1John 1:9).

Despite my past Jesus forgave all my sins! The great news is Jesus was working in my life, causing people to see me as a different person. I began helping others and loving them. God's words are true. I am a new creation (2nd Corinthians 5:17).

As a Christian, I always wanted to hear from God. I wanted God's peace. I had a burning desire inside of me to speak to others about God. Although I was forgiven, my past would not allow me to move forward with Jesus because I was unable to forgive. But there’s more to this story. Stay tuned for Part II of Forgiven to Forgive!

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  • Tonie Roberts

Wars and rumors of war, a global pandemic or is it an endemic, an increase in violence, this political mayhem, that agenda, your truth, this lie. It’s enough to make your head spin.

But when I think of the word of God, I’m reminded that countless times the word assures us that through the Lord, we got this!

Think about it. Many people have gone on. But we are still here for such a time as this. We were meant to be here during this time and this season. The Lord ensured that the right ambassadors were in place in 2022. Those ambassadors include you and I – through Him we got this!

We are the New Testament church. The word specifically tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear. We’ve got power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might when we put on the whole armor of God, so we can stand against our real enemy, the devil. Knowing this, we are alert and praying for the Body of Christ to make sure we all got this. (Ephesians 6:10-20)

And to put it all together, God’s divine power has given us everything, yes EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness. We are equipped. How do we possess everything we need? Through KNOWING HIM who called us by name and invited us to him through a glorious manifestation of His goodness. (2Peter1:3-10TPT)

How can we express what we’ve received so that others get this, get to live in the manifestation of God’s goodness during these dark days? Simply by being salt and light. Seasoning situations and lighting up the world with truth, so that others get this, get God and God gets all the glory! (2Peter 1:3, Matthew 5:13-14)

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