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And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

(Matthew 24:10–12)

These words of Jesus demonstrate that in the last days, many will fall under spirit of offendedness (betrayal and hate) and this will lead to bitterness (the love of many growing cold). Are we in those days today?

It seems that almost every day, we read about people being offended. And in the pursuit of world that is more tolerant, we’re actually creating one that less tolerate because unforgiveness is so rampant. Literally, the love of many is growing cold.

As followers of Christ, we are called to forgive, as we would be forgiven. Jesus also told a number of parables that show that the manner of forgiveness we offer to others is directly related to the forgiveness we will receive from God upon our judgement.

What are the dangers of carrying bitterness?

How can we find release in Christ for this affliction?

What would it look like if we extended forgiveness to those who hurt us? Or if we went out seeking forgiveness from others we’ve hurt?

What might it look like if we declared this to be:

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But the one who endures to the end will be saved.