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The battle to forgive is a war against powers and principalities

“The battle is not ultimately against flesh and blood, but it is fought with flesh and blood against powers and principalities that show themselves in the normal relational entanglements of life. The rumblings of the battle are always with us, and the consequences of war are impossible to escape. Our eyes need to be open to the war we are engaged in and the wounds that require forgiveness.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 92)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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Forgiveness that Permeates Every Fiber of Our Relationships

“The assaults that are denied or ignored do not seem to require forgiveness. On the other hand, the events of tragic, overwhelming assault (sexual abuse, rape, divorce, betrayal, gossip, etc.) seem too great a wound to forgive. And yet a life of love, joy, and purpose will not occur without forgiveness that permeates every fiber of our relationships.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 108)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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The Energy that Comes from Being Forgiven

“The energy of life that comes from being forgiven leads to a boldness to pursue and free the offender who is encumbered by destructive, deadening hatred and lust. We are warriors—warriors of love, warriors who despise evil, warriors who demolish and destroy that which is inconsistent with the beauty, justice, and love of God.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 109)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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Love is Dependent on Forgiveness

“Love is dependent on forgiveness. A formula can almost be structured from this concept. The extent to which someone truly loves will be positively correlated to the degree the person is stunned and silenced by the wonder that his huge debt has been canceled. Perhaps another way to say it is that gratitude for forgiveness is the foundation for other-centered love.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 43)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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Forgiveness is Not Forgetting

“Every author writes in the crucible of the culture. We are never free from the influence of our culture—reacting as defenders of the old convictions and naysayers of current trends, or just the opposite. I am no different. I do not believe forgiveness involves forgetting the past and ignoring the damage of past or present harm. To do so, even if it were possible, would be tantamount to erasing one’s personal history and the work of God in the midst of our journey. The only way for the “forgive-and-forget mentality” to be practiced is through radical denial, deception, or pretense.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 16)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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Forgiveness is Not Ignoring the Harm Done

“…many people ignore the harm done to them and call it ‘forgiving’ the other. In fact, one reason it may be ignored is the fear of causing conflict. When fear of the other is the undergirding motive for turning the other cheek, it cannot be called love, or forgiving the other.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 17)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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Love Cannot Last Long without Forgiveness

“Love cannot last long or live out its eternal purpose in human relationships without a foundation of forgiveness—the forgiveness from God for our failure to love with a pure, other-centered heart, and forgiveness when the recipient of our love spurns our gift or uses our soul in an unloving fashion.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 41)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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Forgiveness Enables Love

“Forgiveness is even harder than we think it is —but infinitely more life giving. If love offers life, forgiveness enables love.” (Allender & Longman III, 1992, p. 30)

Allender, D. B., & Longman III, T. (1992). Bold love Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


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