Washed Potatoes…..


Dr Smith a Seminary Professor who was teaching on the high cost of being unwilling to forgive, asked each of his students to bring a sack of potatoes to class. and for each person they refused to forgive, they had to select a potato and write on it the person’s name that had hurt them and caused them pain.

Then for a month they each had to carry the sack of potatoes with them everywhere they went, even to bed.

The Students were eager not to miss anyone who they felt deserved to be in the sack, some sacks were very heavy, but after a while they all became uncomfortable to carry and the potatoes started to sprout and then rot and stink…

One by one the Students lightened the load till no potatoes were left and they then realized that carrying around bitterness and resentment was also a heavy load much more so then the potatoes and the smell that they emitted was not very pleasant… They needed to be washed clean.

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We can’t receive forgiveness without forgiving others. If we are not willing to do this and we hold onto our stinking bitterness and resentment we pollute ourselves and others and also cut ourselves off from fellowship with God.

Those who have hurt us also need to ask for our forgiveness but even before they do this we have to forgive them just as our Heavenly Father was willing to forgive us and sent His Son Jesus Christ who died for us even while we were still His enemies, He did this so we could be forgiven of our sins and be set free from the control of sin. But like those who have hurt us we can’t receive God’s forgiveness until we say we are sorry from the heart.

What a price God paid so we could be forgiven, it’s a gift we give to others and one we give ourselves, because when we harbour bitterness and resentment, True inner Love, Joy, Hope and Peace eludes us and we cannot fellowship with the Lord because Light and Darkness are incompatible and cannot be in Unity….We cannot be forgiven if we don’t forgive from the heart and True forgiveness seeks to restore, fleshy or worldly forgiveness which is said but not meant, ignores the need to do this and so remains in disunity. We  hurt someone who gave His all for us even though we caused Him great pain as we see in the link below.

The Target –  https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/the-target/

Mark 11: 25- 26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy Neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne


About Freedomborn

My name is Anne although some call me Grannie Annie especially Children whom I share with in my Funday School . I live in Queensland Australia. I’m very much a People person believing we are all People of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free now.
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14 Responses to Washed Potatoes…..

  1. T says:

    Very good message today Anne!


    • Thank you T it’s one that touched my heart when I received it and it’s True to hold onto bitterness and resentment just eats away all the goodness in us.

      Hope your eyes are still OK today, I do feel for you T our eyes are so very important, have you tried Bilberry Tablets , it’s herbal and helps the eyes, mine are no longer sore, just dry sometimes because of my medication but I use drops for this. You can buy Bilberry at most Chemists here but not sure about America.

      Blessings – Anne


  2. bjsscribbles says:

    We do carry around a lot of excess baggage we should get rid of the evil and move on to happiness..I like this post very much as it show how far we must travel in life.And walk with God


    • Thank you dear Barb for your encouragement, yes the message spoke to me too, it is True that in our life we will have the need to forgive somebody and when we do we will be set free from Satan’s darts.

      Sadly some people deliberately seek to hurt us even those who claim they are believers but their actions show their True heart focus, we still forgive and pray for them and yes as God tells us to do with those who claim to know him, we rebuke them too for their lack of Love and than we move on in Love.

      Blessings – Anne


  3. Reblogged this on Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus and commented:

    I have Rebloged this Post because it has a powerful message which when I received it years ago caused me to reflect on what my response was in regards to forgiving.
    One of the most important things we need to do in our Christian walk is to forgive others who have hurt us or continue to hurt us, when we hold onto bitterness and resentment we are no longer in fellowship with God, He is Love and Love and hate cannot be in Unity.
    If we are not praying for our enemies to be blessed as we would like to be and instead we are hoping they will suffer, if not now than in Hell, we are giving Satan a foothold in our lives and preventing God from forgiving us, how can He forgive us when we are still sinning without repentance and that is what bitterness and resentment is, Sin!


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  6. robinb333 says:

    Anne this is such a wonderful message! I’m going to share it on my facebook page of Christian Coffeeshop. It fit right in with the post I had written. Absolutely loved it…You are such a blessing! You have a wonderful site and I definitely enjoyed my cuppa this morning. I’ll be back this evening for another…:D Christian Hugs and Love…Robin


    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Robin, I always enjoy my Cuppa with you too, yes this story does have a powerful message and confirms what you shared and we know God’s Truth leaves no doubt we are heading into dangerous waters when we hold onto bitterness and resentment.

      Thank you for your Facebook link, I will meet you there. I hope it was ok to put you on my Blogroll so others can click on and enjoy your Hospitality and refreshment.

      Take Care- Christian Love Anne


  7. lambskinny says:

    Amen, Anne. Forgiveness is the oil that takes care of all our squeaky, rusty cracks and crevasses. Carley


    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Lambskinny, so nice of you to visit and yes what you say is very True when we hold onto bitterness and resentment we do stop functioning normally the same with jealously, and worldly pride or any sin, it stops The Holy Spirit from indwelling us because good and evil can’t co- exist they are not in Unity and unconfessed sin gives the devil a foothold in our lives and causes us to stumble. Another important Truth is as Christians we need to ask others to forgive us when we have hurt them and when we forgive or are forgiven we are to seek to restore not ignore.

      Thanks again for dropping by it was real good to have your input – God bless you greatly.

      Christian Love Anne.


  8. Ron says:

    Thanks it`s a good story of the potatoes good analogy ,we carry around with us so much unnecessary loads.


    • Freedomborn says:

      Thank you Ron, you have always been a discerning person and can see Truth when it is presented and yes when we know the Truth it sets us free when we walk in it.

      Christian Love Anne


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