Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time disapproving of others.
Thanks, Phyllis, for doing this!
Yes, I've done some things that I still regret. I have forgiven myself because I was young when I did them, but I still had to ask God to forgive me for these things I did as they were sinful. Of course, I sin everyday, but those things I did when I was younger were things I would never do now, and so they easily come to mind
I know God has forgiven me for them so if he can, I can. This is exactly the way I need to think about those who hurt me - if God forgives them, I must do the same. As the book pointed out, if I wait until the "feeling" comes over me to forgive, I could wait forever and be on the outs with God. All forgiveness comes directly from God - I don't have it in me by myself - only God can accomplish this in me.