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by Gracie Adamek

Forgiveness always seemed like the part of Christianity that I excelled at.

And I know this may sound silly, but I think that if we’re being honest with ourselves, we all like to think that there’s one aspect of our faith that we just do really well! And I always thought forgiveness just wasn’t a problem for me. But when we listened to a message about it at iMPACT last week, I think I’m not so sure anymore.

I think I realized that maybe forgiveness goes deeper than I thought. You know how people always say “forgive and forget!”? Well, for a long time I would always say “oh, I have forgiven. It’s just the forgetting that’s hard”. But that’s not really forgiveness. I had convinced myself that I forgave people.

And I really did think that I had, but deep down, there were still hard feelings. That is not forgiveness. If I shudder at the sound of someone’s name or get angry just at the sight of them, I’m only lying to myself. That’s not forgiveness.

And unforgiveness gets in the way of some amazing friendships.

Snapshot_20121212Gracie Adamek is a senior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100 percent through this!

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