Forgiveness Flows Gently


©Deborah Bolack 2003
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Like a stone thrown in a river,
the wounds of a friend or a foe
should cause but a little ripple,
then be lost in the water’s flow.

Forgiveness flows gently from Jesus
on the billows of his living stream,
When I rest in the strength of his meekness,
forgiveness flows gently through me.

Like my footprints by the ocean,
all trace of the teardrops I’ve cried
will last but a passing moment,
washed away by the ebbing tide.

Forgiveness flows gently from Jesus
on the billows of his living stream,
When I rest in the strength of his meekness,
forgiveness flows gently through me.


(bridge) From the depth of Jesus love
flows a wellspring in my heart,
giving power to overcome,
and strength to rise above.

Forgiveness flows gently from Jesus
on the billows of his living stream,
When I rest in the strength of his meekness,
forgiveness flows gently through me.
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1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God great price.
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I think when people hear the word meek, they sometimes mistake it for the word weak. In reality the two words couldn’t be more different. When I think of meekness, I think of a person with great patience, who is able to endure difficult circumstances without reacting adversely; someone who has compassion and empathy, and the ability to stay calm and even tempered, no matter what comes. That is not to say they don’t feel emotions such as hurt and rejection, but that they have a strength that makes them able to forgive and to let those feelings go without holding onto a bitter spirit.
How I long to be a person of meekness! I know that in Christ, that depth of character is possible. If only I could learn to rest in him, and draw on his strength in every situation, he would give me the power to walk through any ordeal with grace.

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