Do we have what it takes when our Christian beliefs are being called evil? How do we respond? As Jesus has taught us, it is our choice to forgive those who have persecuted us! Drawing closer to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, we are reminded of the importance that God placed on forgiveness, the Blood of Jesus was shed so all of us could be forgiven. John 3:16-17, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." By God's own Words in the Bible, we can see the importance He has placed on forgiveness. By the acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are forgiven. We find that He also made it very clear that in receiving our forgiveness there is a word 'IF' found in Matthew 6:14-15. "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." A mentor of mine pointed out the importance of this word 'IF' that can be found throughout our Bibles! Not only pertaining to forgiveness, but with other Promises of God made available to us. He has given us the freedom of making choices! 'Forgiveness, Do We Have What It Takes?' We all have had experiences in life when someone has offended us, or we have offended someone else. When someone has offended us with false accusations or miss treated us, we may feel that we have been denied something owed to us. Allowing bitterness or hatred to build up within us can cause more problems for us than those responsible for our pain. There are old sayings, 'a tooth for a tooth,' 'a life for a life' or in our own thinking 'if you hurt me I will pay you back!' But as a Christian, our response should be 'do unto others, as we would want them to do unto us!' Forgiveness of others can be hard; then there are the ones equally as hard when we need to ask someone to forgive us for our wrong doings. Either way we are to ask Jesus to give us the strength to take that next step and then we will be set free, by setting them free. With our obedience and the Blood of Jesus we are reassured of our forgiveness! On the Cross, Jesus said "it is finished." Blessings as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus!