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I remember sitting at my youth pastor's house senior year of high school, listening to him read the story of Jesus washing His disciples' feet. This symbolic activity was Jesus' way of teaching His disciples to forgive others as He had forgiven them, even before His death on the cross. Although I had heard this story many times throughout my childhood, I learned two life-changing truths that warm May evening. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ First, I became fully aware of the forgiveness Christ daily offered to me. Self-forgiveness is uncomfortable at times, much like allowing another to wash my feet. I realized I had been pulling away, much like Peter, often too ashamed to allow Jesus to see the very broken pieces of me. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Secondly, I was faced with my pride which had produced my lack of forgiveness towards those closest to me. The humility and compassion Jesus modeled by taking on the lowliest of tasks to serve the very ones who would soon betray Him, challenged me to see my hurts as opportunities for healing.⁣ ⁣ It was here in my story, Christ convicted my heart to identify the areas of my life I needed to humbly receive and extend forgiveness. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ In Chapter nine, I began to grasp the freedom found in breaking the bonds of bitterness and I opened my heart to the healing power of Christ's compassion. ⁣ ⁣ For it was here, my Jesus taught me that the purpose of forgiveness, whether received or rejected, is to simply extend the kind of grace that I am daily given. ⁣ ⁣ -CM•••⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣