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Mirosalv Volf wrote a fantastic book on forgiveness titled "Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace." In the book he uses the beautiful imagery of a stream to show how God's character (love) is poured into us by His Spirit and becomes our character.

God is certainly the fountainhead. The stream of love and forgiveness flows from Him because it is His nature and character. Mistakenly, we often think we are at the end point of the stream ... the recipient ... the forgiven one. But, truth be told, we all stand mid-stream. We are indeed recipients but not the end ... we receive His character and then as it becomes our character we pass that same love and forgiveness on to others. We forgive even as we have been forgiven (Col. 3:13).

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