Hello, I'm David Russell and this is a GRACE NOTE.
There's a story about a traveler making his way with a guide through the jungles of Burma. They came to a shallow but wide river and waded through it to the other side. When the traveler came out of the river, numerous leeches had attached to his torso and legs. His first instinct was to grab them and pull them off.
This guide stopped him, warning that pulling the leeches off would only leave tiny pieces of them under the skin. Eventually, infection would set in. The best way to rid the body of the leeches, the guide advised, was to bathe in a warm bath for several minutes. This would soak the leeches, and soon they would release their hold on the body.
When we’ve been hurt by another person we cannot simply yank the injury away and expect that all bitterness, malice, and emotion will be gone. Resentment still hides under the surface. The only way to become truly free of the offense and to forgive others is to bathe in the soothing bath of God's forgiveness. When we experience the extent of God's love in Jesus Christ, forgiveness of others is a natural result.
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