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"Clothe yourselves therefore, as God's own chosen putting on...patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes] with good temper" (Col. 8:12 AMP).

Would you say that you need the power of God to endure whatever comes with a good temper? I certainly do. Well God has given us all that is necessary to fulfill His will in life. And the element He's given us to maintain a good temper in all things is forgiveness which comes out of a heart of love.

Forgiveness covers our heart and other extremities. Why is it so important?

Unforgiveness does not hurt the other person; it hurts you. Also, God said that He will not forgive you unless you forgive others. And forgiveness helps to maintain a good temper at all times.

Have you ever needed God to forgive you since you've been saved? Do you think you may need God to forgive you in the future? Well, if you forgive then you will be forgiven.

See, your decision to walk in love is what will activate God's forgiveness when you need it. It is a decision; not an emotion; not a feeling; but a decision. You decide, "I'm going to do this!" period.

Love is the key that unlocks forgiveness for you. To forgive an individual is to decide that their wrong won't affect the decision you've made to do what the Word says in responding to their actions. You decide that you will not retaliate, but will respond scripturally. And as far as you are concerned, you will maintain a good relationship with that person, because you walk in love. And a love person allows love to rule the relationship.

God requires that you walk in love. That love will cause you to maintain a good temper, because 1 Corinthians 13:4 says that love is patient. Love can endure anything and everything that comes your way. And when you have that kind of supernatural element working in your life, joy and peace is sure to follow.

Scripture References: Matthew 18:23-35; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (AMP)

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Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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