Chapter Six - Lessons Learned

“I panicked, ‘What am I going to do?’ She got closer and closer, and then she was there. I know the Holy Spirit prompted me to do what happened next.

“She shook my hand, and I said, ‘Oh, no. I want a hug.’

“I hugged her, and she said, ‘Oh, Sister Barnett, I’m so ashamed at the way I have acted, please forgive me.’ She tearfully continued, ‘I haven’t been the right kind of person to you.’

“I just hugged her a little more tenderly and replied, ‘Honey, that wasn’t the real you, that was just something that happened and it just does things to us sometimes. Don’t even think about that.’

“And I don’t think it was the real her. I think the devil was using her emotions to say such mean things.

“That woman became my friend, but I didn’t want to forgive her. Denying the pain of a wrong done to you won’t do any good. You have to feel the hurt and leave it with Jesus. Sometimes the deeper the pain, the more work that needs to be done, especially if it was something that went on for a long time. As soon as an offense comes, I let it go immediately because if you harbor it, then it’s twice as hard to let go. I have not been able to do that entirely yet, but I’m working on it, so it will become natural with me.”

3. Emotions Strengthen my Decisions

And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Lu 23:34). Jesus didn’t say much dying on the cross, so these few words must be really important.

He understood the importance of using emotions to understand our actions. These words can motivate our behavior unless it comes to light. Sometimes we don’t see the consequences of our

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