Forgiving

What Makes My Heart Sing

04/06/2019

Of all the ways that God is described, FORGIVING, is one of God’s character traits that I most appreciate. It’s His character trait that makes my heart sing. Why? Maybe because I’m so mindful of my sins. Maybe because no matter my intent, no matter how hard I try, I fail every day. Maybe because I’m aware of those who aren’t forgiving; who pridefully stand in judgement of the one who sins and points out the error of their ways. I’m blessed to have a husband who reflects Jesus’s heart of  love and forgiveness. But, I know some wives and husbands who don’t forgive. There are some parents and children who don’t forgive. Some friends don’t forgive.  First John 1:9 states it, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to FORGIVE us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That is good news to which we can cling. And, it’s an example He tells us to follow.

Lord Jesus, thank You for FORGIVING us. We pray we not take Your forgiveness lightly, but rather, commit to live more fully for You.

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How’s Your Heart Toward “That” Person

11/21/2018

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Have you ever known a hardhearted person? It seemed no matter how hard you tried, they shut you out? If you do anything wrong, they’re relentless and unforgiving.  Not so with our Lord. Although He could have every reason to be hardhearted toward us when we sin, instead, He pursues and forgives us. What a TENDERHEARTED Lord we have!  And, this is important – in Ephesians 4:32, He commands us to be like Him – kind, tenderhearted, forgiving each other. If there’s someone you’re hard-hearted toward, this Thanksgiving season would be a good time to “forgive, as God in Christ has forgiven us.

Lord, we praise You that You’re TENDERHEARTED toward us. Thank You for Your mercy! Thank You for Your grace!  Help us follow You and be obedient to forgive others as You have forgiven us. 

Thank you, FORGIVING LORD

03/28/2018

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to FORGIVE us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

What would you do if God wasn’t forgiving? Would you sin less? Or, would you quit trying to “be good” knowing it was impossible? Would you throw all attempts of righteousness out the door and be as sinfully indulgent as you wanted? But God is forgiving. So, what does that mean for us? Does it cause us to want to live a less sinful life; one more pleasing to God? Does the awareness of all the “overs” God gives us create a deep sense of gratitude evidenced by us being less sinful and more like Jesus? God FORGIVES US. What does that mean to us?

Lord Jesus, thank You for FORGIVING our sins. We pray we not take Your forgiveness lightly, but rather, commit to live more fully for You.

Praise to our TENDERHEARTED Lord

11/20/2017

“Be kind to one another, TENDERHEARTED, forgiving each other, JUST AS GOD in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32

Have you ever known a hardhearted person? It seemed no matter how much you try, they shut you out. If you do anything wrong, they’re relentless and unforgiving.  Not so with our Lord God. Although He could have every reason to be hardhearted toward us when we sin, instead, He pursues us and forgives us. What a TENDERHEARTED Lord we have!  And, this is important – He commands us to be like Him – tenderhearted and forgiving.

Lord Jesus, we praise You that You’re TENDERHEARTED. How blessed we are to have You, a forgiving Lord! Help us be like You, forgiving toward others. 

I AM FORGIVING

05/28/2014

“…forgiving one another, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Colossians 3:13

Can you say, “I am forgiving.” Without Christ, it would likely be impossible for us to be forgiving. But, because we have received mercy, we can and SHOULD be forgiving. We may need to underline those words in our Bibles as a reminder of who we are in Christ: forgiven and forgiving. Does forgiving someone mean what they did was OK? No. Does forgiving someone mean you have to put yourself in harms way with the person again? No. Does forgiving mean the person won’t be judged or pay for what he or she did? The blessing is, we don’t have to figure that out. The person will stand before God. Vengeance is His. He will repay. (Hebrews 10:30) Our responsibility is to obey God and be the new creation we are in Christ.

Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving me. Help me remember my identity in Christ. I am not the “old” me. I forgive as You have forgiven me.  

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FORGIVING

07/08/2013

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

What would you do if God wasn’t forgiving? Would you sin less? Or, would you quit trying to “be good” knowing it was impossible? Would you throw all attempts of righteousness out the door and be as sinfully indulging as you wanted? But God is forgiving. So, what does that mean for you? Does it cause you to want to live a less sinful life; one more pleasing to God? Does the awareness of all the “overs” God gives you create a deep sense of gratitude evidenced by you being less sinful and more like Jesus? God forgives you. What does that mean to you?  

Lord Jesus, thank You for FORGIVING me of my sin. I pray I not take Your forgiveness lightly; but rather live a life that is increasingly pleasant to You.  

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