Seeing Beyond the Hurt

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Sunday, March 06, 2016
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Joy can be found if we look beyond the person and find Him on the other side, gazing at us for our grace and patience. For this reason, Paul wrote in Ephesians, “Get rid of all bitterness… Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
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